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The Daily Chop: Early overreactions, impact prospects and more

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The Atlanta Braves ended their six-game road trip on a good note by sweeping a doubleheader from the Washington Nationals to score their first two victories of the season. Atlanta dropped their first four games of the season for the first time since 2012. Things turned out ok for the 2012 Braves as they went on to win 94 games and secured the wild card in the National League. Still, an 0-4 start naturally produced some clear overreactions.

That is understandable given the high expectations the Braves have for 2021. We are coming off of a 60-game regular season in which each game did have more meaning. It is worth remembering that a normal 162-game regular season is much more of a marathon than a sprint.

Braves News

The Braves will open the home portion of the 2021 schedule Friday at Truist Park in a rematch with the Philadelphia Phillies. Here is a closer look at the pitching matchups for the series.

Thursday was the 47th anniversary of Hank Aaron hitting home run No. 715 to pass Babe Ruth for the all-time lead. MLB.com’s Chris Haft assembled 10 of the most memorable moments from Aaron’s career.

MLB Pipeline lists each team’s potential impact call up for the 2021 season. For the Braves, it is outfielder Drew Waters.

Right now, there isn’t a clear opportunity for Waters to form the Ronald Acuña Jr.-Cristian Pache-Waters outfield trifecta we’ve all been waiting for. But the 22-year-old Waters can continue to refine his approach at the Braves’ alternate training site and then in Triple-A so he’s ready when that call comes, either because of an injury or if someone isn’t getting the job done.

Braves Podcasts

This week’s Road to Atlanta Podcast features an interview with Braves outfield prospect Michael Harris.

MLB News

MLBPA executive director Tony Clark spoke with The Athletic’s Evan Drellich on a variety of topics including collective bargaining, a potential MLB salary cap and more.

Craig Kimbrel recorded the final five outs to pick up the 350th save of his career in a 4-2 win over the Pirates. Kimbrel is the 12th player to record at least 350 saves.

The Oakland A’s are off to a slow start this season and their injury situation isn’t getting any better. The team placed A.J. Puk on the 10-day injured list due to a strained biceps. The A’s also transferred reliever Trevor Rosenthal to the 60-day injured list. Rosenthal is likely headed for thoracic outlet surgery.

The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a minor-league contract with veteran infielder Dee Strange-Gordon.

James Paxton has been recommended Tommy John surgery for his injured elbow.

The Diamondbacks placed Ketel Marte on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain. Marte suffered the injury while running out a ground ball against the Rockies.