The Atlanta Braves continue to be a tough team to figure out.
Since Saturday, the Braves are 3-2. They scored 15 runs in a win on Saturday, went 1-2 over three games despite only allowing three runs on Sunday and Monday, and once again earned a win by scoring 12 runs on Tuesday. The only consistent theme of this team is how inconsistent they have been most of the season.
However, there are signs of positivity. The Braves bats are doing better at scoring runs early, the bullpen is having less frequent blunders, and the starting rotation is consistently putting the Braves in a position to win. Furthermore, Austin Riley and Dansby Swanson are starting to emerge as a nice supporting cast for Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies.
Freeman is currently having one of the best offensive months any player has had in the history of the Braves franchise. However, it may be a bit unfair to expect for him to continue producing at this pace. Fortunately, Riley and Swanson are starting to get their bats going in support. Coming into yesterday, Swanson was 12th among MLB shortstops in terms of fWAR in July with a .818 OPS. Riley was 4th among third basemen in fWAR with a .986 OPS. Obviously, Riley certainly added to that production with two home runs and six RBIs last night. While both Swanson and Riley are certainly streaky, perhaps they can put together a great second half to allow Atlanta to remain in the NL East Race.
- Charlie Morton once again was solid in his start for the Braves. Though Morton may not be dominating or performing like a top 10 pitcher in the game, he consistently puts Atlanta in a position to win, as they are 10-3 over his last 13 starts. In a big game, Morton kept the Mets attack quiet enough for the Braves to pull comfortably ahead.
- The Braves are finally starting to have a bit of luck on the injury front. Though Drew Smyly had a bit of a scare on Saturday, he looks to be on track to make his start on Thursday against the Mets. Even more intriguing is the fact that Huascar Ynoa is slated to make a rehab start in the near future to start his path back to Atlanta to hopefully be another valuable arm to utilize in the second half of the season.
- Remember the Braves game that was suspended against the Padres? As expected, that game will be resumed when the Braves visit San Diego on September 24th. The game will pickup in the bottom of the fifth inning with the Braves at bat and trailing 5-4.
- Ynoa is not the only Braves player with a rehab assignment starting. Travis d’Arnaud should be starting his own rebab assignment in the near future, with a realistic return in early August on the table.
- As the MLB trade deadline nears, the deals and rumors become fun to watch develop. On Tuesday, the day was highlighted with multiple relievers being dealt. While the Yankees sent a pair of relievers to the Reds, the Mariners sent a duo of bullpen pieces to the Astros, including Kendall Graveman.
- The most entertaining story of the day concerns former Pirates starter Tyler Anderson. Earlier Tuesday, it looked liked Anderson was headed across the state to the Phillies, but questionable medicals on the prospect return to the Pirates halted the deal. Instead, Pittsburgh sent Anderson to the Mariners.
- While some trades are happening, plenty of big names remain on the horizon. The latest on Kris Bryant is that the Cubs and Giants could be talking about a deal for the slugger. On the Max Scherzer front, the Nationals are continuing to process a plan that could lead to their ace heading to a contender.
- MLB.com consolidated the latest news on the talents most likely to be trade into one piece while also highlighted the most likely destinations for each talent.