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The Daily Chop: Jesse Chavez starting Tuesday, Freddie Freeman and more

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Atlanta’s lead in the NL East is back to three games.

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Following Monday’s 11-4 win over the Diamondbacks, Brian Snitker disclosed the Atlanta Braves’ pitching plan for Tuesday. Snitker told reporters that Jesse Chavez will get the start for Atlanta in what will essentially be a bullpen game. Snitker said that both Touki Toussaint and Drew Smyly will be available out of the bullpen.

Toussaint’s recent struggles necessitated Atlanta to rethink the fifth starter spot. Smyly held down a spot in the rotation for most of the season with varying degrees of success. He experienced a bit of a velocity drop at the end of last month and hasn’t started a game since August 30. Smyly has since made three relief appearances. The Braves will need the fifth starter again on Sunday in San Diego.

More Braves news

  • The Braves scored seven runs in the fifth inning Monday night capped off by a monstrous home run from Adam Duvall to defeat the Diamondbacks 11-4. Atlanta’s lead in the NL East is back to three games after the Phillies were shutout by the Orioles.
  • Freddie Freeman rarely takes a day off and a recent story by Yahoo sports’ Hannah Keyser highlights how he pressures his teammates to do the same. While you always want your best players to expect to be in the lineup every day, there is merit in getting rest over a 162 game season. The Braves as an organization would do well to take a page from how the Giants have handled their roster and build a stronger bench for 2022 to make it easier to rest some of your key players, whether they want it or not.

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