What in the scheduling world is going on? Day games on Friday and Saturday, then a night game on Sunday? The world has gone topsy-turvy. I love me some Braves, but it is a bit odd that the ESPN Sunday night game is Braves @Cubs rather than Padres vs. Dodgers. I’ll take it though.
The Braves are coming off a momentous win and hope it signifies a turning point. Speaking of turning points, Craig Kimbrel had been bloody awful since ink dried on his contract with Cubs, but he looks to have found some weight, some facial hair, and his stuff. Coming into today’s game, he’s carrying an unblemished ERA in 6 games with 10 Ks, 1 walk, and a 0.167 WHIP. I had a fake trade this offseason that I was very excited about, Kimbrel and $ for Ender Inciarte. That would’ve been swell.
Hot Boy Ron
When I lived in New Orleans (from 2002-2009), there was this bloody awful rapper named “Hot Boy Ronald”. No matter where you went in the city, his music was blasting everywhere. “Walk like Ron. Hot Boy Ron” was embedded in my brain. I mean, it’s better than “Sweet Home Alabama”…I guess. Anywho, we’ve definitely got our own Hot Boy Ron right now, and it’s a lot of fun to watch. It’s too early to make MVP predictions, but dammit if he doesn’t look like that guy right now. For your viewing pleasure…and dammit if I’m not going to link this video every time Ronald Acuña Jr goes off.
Braves Roster Moves
Yesterday following the game, the Braves optioned Tucker Davidson back to the alt-site. Today, we get the news on his replacement. Unfortunately, it’s bad news on a fairly large offseason investment:
We were all 100% sure Bryse Wilson would get the call. However, we also didn’t expect the Drew Smyly news. My guess is Kyle Wright starts then gets sent down after the game and Wilson gets the start on Sunday. Wright was already scheduled to throw today, so Braves keeping to the routine.
Ok boys…let’s not let the Cubs get to Kimbrel.