Jared Shuster gave up 4 runs in the 1st inning of yesterday’s game, but then settled down and almost finished his 5th inning before running out of gas. It was a gutsy performance, but that is about all I can say for a 4.2 IP, 6 hit, 5 walk, 1 K outing. In today’s game, Shuster doesn’t have to have a huge K/9, but he does have to miss more bats. Unfortunately for Shuster, it looks like Brian Snitker and Alex Anthopoulos agreed. Here’s today’s transaction:

This is all types of loaded. Shuster down and Dylan Dodd up wasn’t exactly a head-scratcher, but Jordan Luplow, who is guaranteed $1MM gets the DFA? That’s the head scratcher. However, after contemplating the move, I’m not sure it’s a bad one. While I like what Luplow provides, he’s been injured and it’s not highly likely that another team picks him up. If that theory holds true, Anthopouls has, once again, created instant depth in the outfield. The play of both Eli White and Forrest Wall at AAA and Kevin Pillar‘s presence on the MLB roster could have also swayed the decision.

This won’t be the only roster move that has to happen in the first few weeks, as the Braves still only have 4 starting pitchers on the roster and 9 relievers. 1 reliever will have to go. Of the relievers currently on the team, only Nick Anderson and Dylan Lee have options and I’d wager that AA will reluctantly option 1 of the 2 should an injury not arise.

Braves Lineup

Charlie Morton faces off against 25 y/o RHP Jake Woodford. On paper, Woodford looks as hittable as I am, with mediocrity at every level outside of a 27.1 IP small sample in the big last year, albeit as a reliever.

On the Braves side, I still can’t help but be disappointed that Brian Snitker hasn’t given one of Kevin Pillar or Sam Hilliard a start. My guess is Anthopoulos is asking Snitker to play Marcell Ozuna for trade purposes

Andruw Jones Will Enter the HoF…but NOT that HoF

On Monday the Atlanta Braves announced they would be retiring the number 25 in honor of their beloved center fielder of the 1990’s. Jones needs no introduction. In his 12 year stint in Atlanta he won 10 consecutive Gold Gloves and made 5 All-Star appearances. The should be hall of famer can regularly be seen at Truist park watching the games and is as famous as anyone you will find in the lower bowl. There will be a ceremony held at Truist Park before the Braves take on the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, September 9th. It took awhile, likely due to off the field issues, but I’m glad that I got to see the nightly CF defensive brilliance which will likely go down as the best in history. Here’s the announcement:

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