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?
The driving force of the Braves offense was recognized on Monday, as Ronald Acuna was named NL Player of the Month for April.
Braves affiliates released their Opening Day rosters.
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.
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.
This stings a little. Luis Robert is among the most exciting players in baseball, and will now be sidelined for the foreseeable future.
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.
Some of the best promos from Minor League Baseball, including a nod to Seinfeld fans.