Riley now has 9 homers and is hitting .320/.414/.549, with the .320 good for 4th in the NL. The professionals are putting Riley’s latest streak into perspective. This from David O’Brien. And this from Mark Bowman.
Max Fried went 7 innings for the first time this season; the 3rd time any Braves pitcher has achieved that this season. Fried allowed 4 hits and the run, and walked 3. He threw 87 pitches and struck out 2. I’ll trade 7 strikeouts for 7 innings any day.
Swanson now has 8 homers, and has raised his batting average from .203 to .237 in the last 8 days. Hopefully he’s on his way to familiar territory, and also a reminder that there’s still time to get Marcell Ozuna going. To be fair, although they were starting from about the same point, Marcell’s familiar territory is a piece past Dansby’s.
Riley will surely cool, but it’s great to watch his hot streaks. If he’s got enough figured out to avoid his total collapses, it’s going to be exciting to watch him progress the next 2 – 3 years.