Freddie Freeman‘s name was not written on Brian Snitker‘s lineup card for the first time in 2020, yet it was Freddie that provided the walk-off homerun that likely catapults his name back atop the NL MVP short list. Fortunate for Freddie and his numbers that the Braves needed him late, but not so fortunate for Adeiny Hechavarria, who slipped, fell, and chucked a baseball to the Terrapin taproom in the 8th, resulting in two Bad Sox runs. Mark Melancon is still the closer, but he probably shouldn’t be. His K/9 is dangerously low and his walk rate is dangerously high. I’m no scientist, but that doesn’t seem like an ideal combo. The Braves won the game and that’s truly all that matters in a game that doesn’t really matter.
Notes on Kyle Wright
Once again, Kyle Wright looked masterful, throwing 6.1 innings of 2 hit, 2 run baseball. In reading David Lee‘s Tweets, Wright had maintained his arm slot throughout the entire game but lost it in the 7th right away and was lucky to get out of the inning only giving up 1 run. While we’re still in the small sample category, we’ve now seen 4 straight games of Kyle 2.0, and 3 of those 4 have produced very good results. I think it’s a pretty safe bet to slot Wright into that 3rd starter spot for the playoffs. Tom Glavine, great baseball player, part-time curmudgeon in the booth, had an interesting inside look at Wright that David elaborated on.
This development, apparently suggested not by any pitching coach, but Josh Tomlim, has unlocked Wright’s movement and what a difference it’s been.
Marcell Ozuna, Triple Crown?
Ozuna was already leading the league in dingers and RBIs, but now he’s threatening in batting average, which would give him the ever sought after triple crown. Sure, there’s a lot that has to go wrong for other players (Juan Soto) and a whole lot that has to go right for Ozuna, but it’s definitely an unexpected development. It’s weird… I want it to happen, but I also want to see Freddie Freeman get the love he deserves and grab his first MVP, but that would be remarkably difficult should he have a teammate win the Triple Crown.
Ronald Acuna Jr. kilt a baseball more than any player has kilt one in 2020.
Freddie Freeman, bench player, Walks it off
Tucker Davidson debuts today!
With Mike Foltynewicz on the taxi squad and the Braves in need of a starter for tomorrow, I was convinced they would give him a shot to grab the 4th starter spot for the 2nd round of the playoffs. Unfoltynately, that didn’t happen (sorry, had to do it). However, a prospect that I’ve been waiting for all year will make his debut and if it goes well, could be a piece they turn to in the playoffs. Tucker Davidson will start today. For the game thread, I’ll put up a bigger piece on what to expect from Tucker.