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The Daily Chop: Loss in LA, Riley MVP case, Rotation changes, and more

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The Braves battled in LA, but the initial deficit was too much for them to overcome.

Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Drew Smyly struggled mightily against the Dodgers on Monday, allowing four long home runs that staked Los Angeles to a 5-0 lead. Smyly had been very lucky with regards to win-loss record, winning each of his last seven decisions, but the underlying metrics make counting on the left-hander down the stretch a dubious proposition at best. Smyly currently owns a 4.54 ERA, a 5.04 FIP, and is allowing 1.86 HR/9. These numbers represent a stark contrast from the performance Smyly had in San Francisco last season, when he produced a 2.01 FIP and a whopping 14.35 K/9. Reports broke on Monday that the club intends to toy with a six-man rotation, but once they cut back to five, will Smyly remain as a starter?

Braves News

Drew Smyly surrenders four homers as Braves fall to Dodgers, 5-3

The Braves got down early just couldn’t quite pull off a comeback.

Looking into Austin Riley’s MVP case

Stephen examines (and mildly debunks) the Austin Riley MVP case that has suddenly become a topic of conversation for various beat writers and announcers.

Toussaint eyed as addition to 6-man rotation

Touki Toussaint has been a pleasant surprise since joining the major league roster and could soon become a more solidified member of the rotation. Anything that gives Touki more innings than Smyly going forward is probably in the best interest of the Braves and every fan in the outfield who didn’t bring a glove.

Braves’ trade deadline already one to remember

Gabe Burns of the AJC looks at just how great the trade deadline was for Atlanta. This piece aged well as Jorge Soler and Adam Duvall each blasted yet another homer on Monday.

MLB News

Breaking down NL Cy Young Award race

Who will take home the NL Cy Young?

Sho launches 42nd homer in win vs. Yanks

This pitcher may not win the Cy Young, but he does have 42 home runs.

These 10 prospects could help contenders

Can these ten prospects make an impact in the pennant race?