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The Daily Chop: Acuña walk-off, Roster moves, Pit of despair, and more

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Ronnie did not get cheated in celebrating his first career walk-off homer.

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The Braves salvaged one game against the Mets, winning in walk-off fashion as Ronald Acuña blasted a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Momentum can often be overstated in baseball, but a win like this could certainly thrust the toiling Braves toward more offensive output. The club has been lacking at the plate but several timely hits, with none being greater than the Acuña homer, will hopefully help to get things moving and help Atlanta play closer to its true talent level.

Braves News

Acuña’s walkoff blast saves the Braves in 5-4 win over Mets

The Braves are so fortunate to have this man.

Roster moves: Kevan Smith acquired, Dayton activated, Mathis DFA, Davidson sent down

The Braves made several roster moves on Wednesday, including the acquisition of catcher Kevan Smith from the Rays. Tucker Davidson was also sent down, though he will almost certainly return quickly after impressing in his start on Tuesday.

The Braves have thrown themselves into the Pit of Despair

Some dark, ominous, sobering thoughts from Ivan here, but they all ring true for a team in need of direction. Did a thrilling win on Wednesday move the ball forward in that pursuit?

This bullpen isn’t blameless, but Braves’ lack of hitting hasn’t helped

The Braves have multiple weak points, with the most surprising being their lack of offense for long stretches this season.

MLB News

Kluber throws Yanks’ 1st no-hitter this century

We are averaging roughly one no-hitter per week during the 2021 season. What is happening?

Mock Draft: High schoolers go 1-2

Industry opinions have changed drastically with regards to the top of the 2021 MLB Draft, for which they had predicted two Vanderbilt right-handers to go first and second earlier this season. Now, those same two are predicted to go fifth and sixth.

Max passes Hall of Famer on all-time K’s list

Max Scherzer is now 19th on the all-time strikeouts list, passing Jim Bunning on Wednesday.