The series opener for the Braves and Padres, which was scheduled for Monday, was postponed thanks to rains of nearly biblical proportions that flooded all of north Georgia. To make up the postponement, the two teams will play a doubleheader on Wednesday. Tuesday will give us another shot at seeing an intriguing pitching matchup that will feature young right-hander Touki Toussaint, who will make his season debut, facing off against former Cy Young Award winner Yu Darvish.
Weather permitting, we will actually get to see Toussaint take the ball for the first time this season. The book is largely out on Toussaint among Braves fans, but to recap; he has been wildly inconsistent to begin his career, but has flashed some of the best stuff in the organization since his acquisition in 2015. His mid-90’s fastball is complemented perfectly by a high-RPM curveball that can flash plus-plus when commanded well, and a changeup that has also flashed as a plus offering. Toussaint has been sidelined for much of the season with a right shoulder strain, but his recent outings in Gwinnett suggest that the strikeout stuff has returned. Toussaint would be a major addition to the Atlanta staff if he can maintain some level of consistency over the final two-plus months of the season.
Darvish enters play having allowed just a .211 batting average against with a 1.00 WHIP on the season. He has been outstanding for the Padres, also striking out 125 batters in 105 innings while producing a 7-3 record with a 3.09 ERA. Darvish features an array of pitches that can dart all over the zone, mixed in with a mid-to-upper 90’s fastball. He will be a tough assignment for Atlanta.
The Braves open this series just two games under .500, with an opportunity to pull a little closer on Tuesday. The forecast calls for rain yet again, but hopefully weather permits the playing of this game to avoid a scheduling fiasco later in the season.
Game Date/Time: Monday, July 20, 7:20 p.m. ET
Location: Truist Park, Atlanta, Georgia
TV: Bally Sports South
Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM The Fan, WNNX 100.5, Braves Radio Network