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The Daily Chop: Riley wins POTW, Mock Draft, Truist Park Attendance, and more

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The Braves now head to Boston, fresh off a solid showing against the Pirates.

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Atlanta Braves Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Braves head to Boston this week with an eye toward reaching the .500 mark along with overtaking the Mets for the top spot in the NL East. The club has found its share of struggles thus far, but somehow enters play on Tuesday just one game out of the division lead. Blows to both the pitching staff and the lineup have hindered Atlanta in 2021, in addition to some underachievement, but with Austin Riley and Dansby Swanson seemingly turning a corner, the outlook is improving daily. More consistency throughout the pitching staff would be beneficial, but the Braves may finally be playing to their talent level.

Braves News

Austin Riley named NL Player of the Week

The Braves third baseman really knows how to put together a hot streak. After showcasing improved plate discipline and contact skill for much of the season, the power was on full display last week. Riley looks more dangerous than ever at the moment.

Baseball America has Braves taking Ryan Cusick in latest mock draft

The BA mock draft has the Braves taking RHP Ryan Cusick with the 24th overall pick.

Braves attendance topped 117,000 for past three games

The Braves are back to full capacity and the fans are taking advantage, showing up in full force over the weekend.

Interviewing Spencer Strider on his early 2021 breakout pitching performance

Spencer Strider has been incredible to begin the 2021 season. An interview with the right-hander was just as impressive.

MLB News

Mickelson’s brush with baseball stardom

Phil Mickelson is the epitome of a crafty lefty.

TOR calling up Manoah to face NYY (source)

The Blue Jays are calling up one of their top prospects.

Ex-big leaguer with bat flip of the year?

Braves legend Brandon Phillips is still cool, in case you were wondering. Check out this bat flip.