7 in. a row and looking for more, the Braves will send Spencer Strider to the mound against Blake Snell. Strider’s FB velo is down 1 MPH, but I wouldn’t read anything into that as there are a few variables likely in play:
- It’s early and he’s still stretching out.
- Colder weather.
Still, the variables haven’t slowed Strider down from striking out the world as he’s average 15.2 K/9, but is also walking 4.5/9. I’m sure Strider’s goal is to go deeper in tonight’s game as he was visibly frustrated his last start when Brian Snitker pulled him after 5.
Strider’s counterpart, Mr. Snell, has had a rough go thus far and has only pitched 13 innings total in 3 starts. He’s still carrying a great K-rate but he’s also walking a ton AND giving up a lot of dingers, and the Braves are a team that walks a lot and hits a lot of dingers. Hopefully this trend will continue.
It looks like the Brave will be getting another bullpen arm back soon as the team announced this earlier today.
I’m guessing that AA won’t be able to find someone with an “injury” like he did with Lucas Luetge, so I’m guessing that McHugh will replace Danny Young, who has actually pitched well since being called up.
Braves continue to acquire players with upside and draft pedigree. Nick Solak was drafted in the 2nd round in 2016 and has experience in multiple defensive positions. Solak feels like another attempt to find a RHH bat to fill the LF platoon and I’m down for that. And…of course, he has an option.
Tonight’s Braves Lineup
It’s time, Strider. Strike those Mother Jammers out.