Put up some crooked numbers. This is a depleted Washington pitching staff and probably the deepest lineup the Braves have had since April. Make it count.”
Mission accomplished. The Braves did not only what they needed to do against this Washington team, but what they needed to do given the recent workload for the bullpen. Dansby Swanson knocked in five runs, Ozzie Albies extended his home run streak to four and Max Fried was dominant in a 12-2 victory for the Braves.
More of that tomorrow, please.
- Remember earlier this week when Ozzie Albies was struggling? Neither do I. Four straight games with a homer, and he had hits from both sides of the plate tonight for good measure. His right-handed swing might be the prettiest swing of any player on this roster.
- Remember earlier this season when Dansby Swanson was struggling? Neither do I. His wRC+ since July 4th is 154 (!!) and his OPS is (.975). The whole dichotomy of Dansby Swanson is you never ride your highs too high or your lows too low, but this is about as high as it’s ever been for him. The slugging shortstop knocked in six more runs and clubbed two home runs tonight.
- Max Fried was good all night, but his strikeout on Juan Soto in the sixth was the best of it. That curveball he dropped in was sublime, as he was all night. He is in a groove right now.
- Speaking of Soto, he struck out three times tonight for just the 12th time in 435 career games including the postseason. He took some swings that were very un-Soto like tonight, and I mean that in the best way possible for the Braves.
- Freddie Freeman snapped his 1-for-18 funk with two hits and a walk. Not that you were worried, though.
- Welcome back, Jacob Webb. He’s probably only here until Tuesday, but it was still nice to see him toss a clean 9th inning.
- An even dozen strikeouts for the Atlanta pitching staff tonight. That’ll play.
- All of the big arms in the bullpen got a much-needed off night tonight. Hopefully they can grab another one with a big win tomorrow and go into the Miami series completely fresh.
- The Braves are 11-4 against the Nationals this season. That’s a refreshing change of pace from the grueling grinds the last half decade has been against them.
- Even in a very low leverage spot, AJ Minter walked two batters. His control issues have plagued him all season, and it’s fair to wonder if the Gwinnett stint actually resolved that issue.
Former Brave Of The Day:
Jace Peterson had two hits in an RBI in one game of Milwaukee’s doubleheader and had to be a position player pitching in the other. One blowout win and one blowout loss. The duality of Jace.
Quote Of The Game:
“Hotter than a dancing bobcat.”
— Joe Simpson
Sweep this team. They’re absolutely reeling right now. Correct the mistake of last weekend and take all three games against them.