The Braves played three games in two days between Sunday and Monday. Their pitching was outstanding in these three contests, allowing just three total runs, but the offense was anemic. They managed to score just three runs and went 1-2, which is especially deflating given the importance of every division game at the moment.
Having replacement-level production at so many positions is severely holding back an Atlanta club that, despite their many injuries, is still talented enough to reach the postseason. Will deadline additions be a possible solution? It remains to be seen, but the past two days have showcased just how sorely the Braves are missing potency in the lineup and how much even marginal upgrades might help.
You win some, you lose some. The Braves remain five games back after a frustrating doubleheader split with the first-place Mets.
Gabe Burns provides five key takeaways from Monday.
Burns also looks at which trade candidates are being linked to Atlanta by Sportsbooks, and more specifically, BetOnline.
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One desirable bullpen arm is off the market.
The stove is getting hot. What do you think is next for teams like Washington, Minnesota, and the powerhouses in the NL West?