The Braves will enjoy an off-day on Thursday before taking on the Orioles in a three-game weekend series that begins Friday. The Braves are the hottest team in baseball while the Orioles are easily the coldest, having lost 14 consecutive games. Baltimore has yet to announce any of their starters for the upcoming series, but one can reasonably assume that Atlanta should be favored in each game. The Braves currently own a six-game win streak and a 31⁄2 game lead in the division. The season may have been tumultuous, but Atlanta appears to be positioned well.
Josh Tomlin made everyone nervous in the ninth, but the Braves survived. Oh, and Freddie Freeman owns the Marlins.
Stephen examines how the Braves have survived the loss of Ronald Acuna.
The simple answer is other players have stepped up. And not just stepped up a little. Since the injury to Acuña, Austin Riley has 1.064 OPS and been worth 1.5 WAR. Dansby Swanson has a .983 OPS and been worth 1.7 WAR. Freddie Freeman remembered he’s Freddie Freeman and has posted a .976 OPS and been worth 1.3 WAR. You certainly expect Freeman to produce like an MVP candidate but getting that production from Riley and Swanson has changed the season for Atlanta. They built their team around getting elite production from Acuña and desparetly needed someone to fill that void when he went down. And not only has one guy done it, multiple guys have. Riley and Swanson being able to sit at 4 and 5 in the order and consistently do damage has changed the season.
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