Fresh off of two straight off days, the Atlanta Braves will begin a grueling stretch against the two best teams in the National League in the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Braves will begin a three-game series against the NL West leading Giants Friday at Truist Park before heading out west for seven games which will include three against the Dodgers and a four-game series in Colorado.
The Braves took care of business on their last road trip going 9-0 against the Nationals, Marlins and Orioles. This weekend’s series against San Francisco and the ensuing trip to LA will be somewhat of an opportunity to see how Atlanta measures up. With the Mets and Phillies facing their own issues, just holding their own on this trip would go a long way in securing their fourth straight division title.
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- The Braves could get back Ian Anderson as soon as Sunday and will then have a decision to make in regards to their rotation. Cory McCartney laid out the options in his week’s Starting Nine and it seems as though that they may go with a six-man rotation for at least one round.
- Despite two straight losses, Atlanta has been playing their best baseball of the season of late but they probably need to rethink hitting Ozzie Albies in the lead off spot.
- There has been some speculation that the Braves might wait until September 1 to activate outfielder Eddie Rosario but Mark Bowman, in his latest mailbag, says that he could be activated as soon as this weekend’s series against the Giants.
- Injuries continue to mount for the Philadelphia Phillies who will be without first baseman Rhys Hoskins for the remainder of the 2021 season. Hoskins will undergo season-ending surgery sometime next week to repair a tear in his lower abdomen. The Phillies activated Zach Eflin from the injured list Thursday but then were forced to scratch him from his scheduled start due to soreness in his knee. Eflin missed the last five weeks while recovering from tendinitis in his knee.
- The New York Yankees activated third baseman Gio Urshela from the injured list Thursday. He had been out for about a month while recovering from a hamstring strain.
- Giants catcher Buster Posey sat out his second straight game Thursday night due to discomfort in his left knee. They also placed first baseman Brandon Belt on the bereavement list and Donovan Solano on the injured list with no stated reason which usually means it is Covid related. Belt is expected to rejoin the team in Atlanta Saturday and return to action on Sunday.
- Reds reliever Tejay Antone is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery Friday for the second time in his young career. Antone had missed the past few months due to a forearm strain but was activated from the injured list Tuesday. However, he lasted just five pitches in his first appearance.
- The Chicago White Sox activated Carlos Rodon from the injured list Thursday. He went on the injured list back on August 8 with what was characterized as shoulder fatigue.
- The Seattle Mariners claimed reliever Sean Doolittle off of waivers from the Reds Thursday. Doolittle was designated for assignment earlier this week.