The ball didn’t leave the ballpark, therefore the Braves lost. That theme seems to be continuing from the last couple years. After hitting 3 home runs on Thursday night in a 5-1 win and another 4 (albeit only 3 left the yard) in Friday’s 6-3 win, the bats went cold on Saturday night.
Bryce Elder also once again struggled with his control and couldn’t get out of the 5th inning. He’s got good stuff, but walking 14 guys in 19.1 IP is not going to get the job done. Atlanta agreed.
So Kyle gets another recall. Kyle’s peripherals look much better in AAA: 28 K’s in 19.2 IP, 15 hits, and 7 walks. He definitely put himself in position to be in Atlanta’s plans after his strong off and on duty last year. Hopefully he’s here to stay. I’ve always thought the Big Tall Texan could be special. He gets the start today at 2:35 eastern.
Spencer Strider once again dazzled. He K’ed another 5 guys in 3.1 IP. He’s now racked up 15 strike outs in 12.2 IP, a sassy 11.4 K/9. More importantly, however, he threw more strikes: 26 strikes in 33 pitches. One walk in those 3.1 IP. THAT Spencer Strider is absolutely dangerous. I didn’t get to watch this game, but I went back and watched Strider’s innings. He looked dominant and ready for an expanded role.
The boys only mustered 3 hits, but one of them was a double by Travis Demeritte. So of his 8 hits, he’s now got 4 XBHs to show out of that. Nothing in his profile says he’s going to be a high contact and batting average guy, but he can probably hit for enough power to stay in this league.
Let’s get ’em today.