Sean Newcomb will take the mound when the Braves open a two-game series against the Marlins tonight at 7:05 ET. Newcomb had been scheduled to face the Nationals, but a rainout created this opportunity for him to face Miami, which has produced the second-worst OPS against left-handed pitchers. The Marlins will counter with Jose Urena, who has a 3.48 ERA in seven starts against Atlanta since the start of 2017.
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Mike Foltynewicz righted himself after a rough first inning and Atlanta's offense did its part to keep things close against Max Scherzer. But when Sam Freeman was deemed the best option to face Bryce Harper in a one-run game, the Braves were given yet another reason to upgrade their bullpen before next week's non-waiver Trade Deadline in Sunday's twice-delayed 6-2 loss to the Nationals at Nationals Park.
Ozzie Albies will miss one fewer game and the Braves can wait a little longer to determine who might fill the vacant spot in their starting rotation. These were the positives created by the postponement of Saturday night's game against the Nationals at Nationals Park.
Ronald Acuna Jr. was a triple shy of the cycle as the Braves took the second-half opener against the Nationals. Charlie Culberson also homered for Atlanta, which removed Ozzie Albies for precautionary reasons after hamstring tightness. Stephen Strasburg allowed six runs in his return from the disabled list, while Matt Adams, Trea Turner and Juan Soto homered for Washington.
Danny Jansen hit a pair of early home runs to back a strong effort on the mound by Sean Reid-Foley as Triple-A Buffalo held on to defeat Durham, 5-3.
As the Nationals enter the second half attempting to live up to expectations and defend their National League East crown, they are looking up at the Phillies, who want to make a significant acquisition, and the Braves, who have the prospect currency necessary to make a big deal before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
Acuna played coach, ump on Culberson's slide
Who do the Braves have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Atlanta's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.
Freddie Freeman entered the All-Star break saying the Braves are right where they want to be. Despite struggling through the first two weeks of July, they sit a half-game back in the National League East, which nobody could have predicted when handicapping the division race before the season.
Mike Foltynewicz pitched the 4th in relief, though Freddie Freeman, Nick Markakis and Ozzie Albies went hitless in the National League's 8-6 loss in Washington.
The ball wasn't flying out of Nationals Park quite as frequently as it did during Bryce Harper's heroic hometown homer binge a night earlier, but it was flying all the same in a dinger-driven, record-breaking 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.
As the Braves entered their rebuild at the start of the 2015 season, Freddie Freeman was attempting to grow comfortable with his status as the cornerstone of a franchise that had suddenly assumed a much different look and unabashedly punted a few seasons of success away.
Freddie Freeman couldn't match hometown hero Bryce Harper on Monday night, falling to the Nationals outfielder, 13-12, in the first round of the T-Mobile Home Run Derby.
The 20th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game had no shortage of big moments, with the two sides combining for eight home runs -- doubling the previous Futures Game record -- as Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park. Here is a recap of each player's performance, with a breakdown of each club's representatives.
The Braves closed out the first half with a statement win over the D-backs. Entering the game with a 2-8 record in their previous 10 games, Atlanta finally broke through against the Arizona pitching staff, which had allowed one run in the first two games of the series. Julio Teheran turned in a powerful performance, tossing 6 1/3 scoreless innings. The Braves attacked D-backs starter Patrick Corbin for four runs in the third inning. Jon Jay crushed a solo homer for Arizona's only run.
Foltynewicz gives All-Star teammates special socks
As the Braves skid through their worst drought of the season, they certainly aren't in a position to celebrate moral victories. But knowing how important Sean Newcomb could be in the second half, they can at least delight in the way he responded to what could have been another disastrous start.
Peter Moylan expected to spend next week making the preparations necessary to slowly return from the disabled list. But those plans abruptly changed late Saturday afternoon, when Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino was once again sidelined because of right shoulder inflammation.
Considering how well Willie Calhoun is swinging the bat, it might not be long until he gets another crack at the Major Leagues.
The Braves have a little more than two weeks to strengthen their bullpen before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. But they have the choice to immediately alter the top of their lineup with the hope of jump-starting their recently stagnant offense.
Here is a look at a trade from each National League East team's past, how it relates to its current roster and what it might mean for them in the final weeks leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
Ozzie Albies notched his first career multi-homer game and contributed to the six-run second inning that prevented Mike Foltynewicz and the Braves from being sunk by the five-run seventh inning endured during a 9-5 win over the Blue Jays at SunTrust Park. Foltynewicz had allowed just one hit before Justin Smoak killed a shutout bid with his seventh-inning leadoff homer. The Braves' All-Star hurler struck out the next two batters, but then allowed four straight hits, including Devon Travis' grand slam.
As the former Braves third baseman Chipper Jones has prepared to be inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 29, he has shared a few conversations with former teammate Greg Maddux, who predictably wants a portion of Jones' speech to create a laugh at the expense of John Smoltz.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.
Braves manager Brian Snitker has two closers and the willingness to mix and match them in a manner that sets A.J. Minter up to face the tougher part of an opponent's lineup.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.
Beat reporter Mark Bowman answers Braves fans' questions about the Trade Deadline.
Though the Braves ended up splitting this challenging 10-game trip, there are concerns about Sean Newcomb and the postseason-quality depth of their rotation after losing five of the final six contests.
There will be plenty to say about Jesus Luzardo when he takes the mound for the World Team in Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. Among them, that the No. 20 overall prospect has not allowed an earned run in his last 28 innings.
Anibal Sanchez turned in another stellar start to lead the Braves to win No. 50 on the season as they defeated the Brewers. Sanchez lasted 6 2/3 innings, allowing only one run on two hits while striking out a season-high eight batters. Freddie Freeman had a three-hit game, including an RBI triple in the eighth inning. Aaron Wilkerson allowed two runs over his five innings for the Brewers in his spot start for the injured Brent Suter.