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The Daily Chop: Starting Rotation, Ronald Acuna, Minor League Rosters, and more

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It was an active off-day for the organization.

MLB: APR 29 Cubs at Braves Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Braves enjoyed a much-needed off-day on Monday, licking their wounds after a dreadful trip to Dunedin. The Blue Jays seemingly crushed everything the Braves offered, which sadly continued the trend of Atlanta starting pitchers being hit hard in 2021. As of this writing, Braves starters own a 5.30 ERA (third-worst in baseball) and have allowed a league-worst 29 home runs. Some positive regression would benefit the Braves, but they will need major strides from the likes of Charlie Morton and Drew Smyly. Can the rotation pull it together before it’s too late?

Braves News

Ronald Acuna Jr. named National League Player of the Month for April

The driving force of the Braves offense was recognized on Monday, as Ronald Acuna was named NL Player of the Month for April.

2021 Mississippi Braves Roster Preview

2021 Rome Braves Roster Preview

2021 Augusta GreenJackets Roster Preview

Braves affiliates released their Opening Day rosters.

Braves option reliever Nate Jones to alternate site

Jones heads to the alternate site, taking his 8.72 FIP out of town as the Braves look for more reliable options. Atlanta has found little production from right-handed relievers this season, and Jones was among the worst.

Yeah, it’s early. But the Braves should be better than this

The Braves certainly should be better than 12-16. They are among the most talented teams in baseball, but have found it difficult to put together the right combinations for winning baseball. That starts with their struggles in the rotation, as noted above, but something needs to change soon.

MLB News

Robert (torn hip flexor) to miss months

This stings a little. Luis Robert is among the most exciting players in baseball, and will now be sidelined for the foreseeable future.

‘A big blow’: Phenom May set for TJ surgery

Dustin May is another young star who will be missed. His timeline to return will be much longer, however, as he will undergo Tommy John surgery.

2021 Minors promos to look forward to

Some of the best promos from Minor League Baseball, including a nod to Seinfeld fans.