It was of pretty critical importance that the Braves have a good week this week if they wanted to keep their chances of making the playoffs alive with such a soft slate of games. After taking two out of three from the Mets earlier in the week, they seemed to be on track to do just that.
However, Saturday’s game against the Marlins did not go to plan as the Braves’ offense continued to struggle in route to a 3-2 loss. Kyle Muller wasn’t at his best in the game, but he kept things perfectly manageable, but the offense just never got going against Sandy Alcantara and the Marlins. With the loss, the Braves still have a chance to win back to back series for the first time in seemingly forever with a particularly juicy series against the Pirates coming up.
That said, losing Sunday and then underperforming against the Pirates would...well, it would not bode well for the team going forward in all likelihood. On to the rest of the news of yesterday...
Our own Brad Rowland is a known Michigan fan and when we have a Michigan alumni in the minor leagues absolutely tearing the cover off of baseballs, well...we have to sit down to get to know him better. Our own Wayne Cavadi chatted with Jesse Franklin V about his journey to the Braves organization and how his season has gone so far. You will want to read this one.
Friday evening was a fun night down in the Braves’ minor league system as some top prospects put up strong performances. Of note, Alex Jackson absolutely destroyed a couple of baseballs against Durham. No word yet as to whether or not they have landed yet.
The Nationals have needed some help to shore up their infield depth for a bit. They have ultimately settled on Alcides Escobar as a partial solution and acquired him from the Royals in a cash deal. He isn’t good, but we guess sometimes you just need a body.
Tony Cingrani is a story of never giving up and overcoming obstacles. For a while, he possessed a ton of potential upside particularly as a reliever with his ability to get swings and misses. However, shoulder surgery forced him into free agency and ultimately into independent ball to try and play his way back to the majors. Well, the Cubs liked what they saw out of him and signed him to a minor league deal.
The Diamondbacks are amidst one of the worst stretches of baseball you will see from a major league team right now, so it makes sense that if any of their players that they plan on using in the future are dealing with an injury, that they be extra cautious since this season is a lost cause. Apparently Zac Gallen is dealing with a hamstring injury and while he says he is not in any pain, the DBacks opted to put him on the IL anyways.