It’s Kyle Wright vs. Braxton Garrett tonight and Wright has some big shoes to fill. Not sure the Braves can top a game where they shut out the Marlins 6-0 with Bryce Elder facing off against Sandy Alcantara, but they will send Max Fried to the mound against Braxton Garrett for Game 2 of the series. Would a complete game shutout suffice? How about a no-hitter? I’m not picky. I’ll take either, but I’d also take just a good old fashioned W. Garrett was picked 7th overall back in 2016 and only just earned his stay in the rotation last year. He’s not a hard thrower as his average FB is sub-90, but he does carry a 4-pitch mix with the slider getting the most swing and miss.

Kyle Wright is on the hill for the Braves and was looking strong in his last appearance before the rain danced on his parade. Getting Wright right would solidify the rotation and give this team a real chance to win via SP every night.

Braves Lineup

  1. Ronald Acuña Jr.
  2. Matt Olson
  3. Austin Riley
  4. Sean Murphy
  5. Ozzie Albies
  6. Vaughn Grissom
  7. Marcell Ozuna
  8. Kevin Pillar
  9. Michael Harris II

Ronald Acuna Jr. Wins NL Player of the Month

It’s no surprise, as we watch him everyday, but RAJ started his revenge tour off in spectacular fashion and I hope he stays unrelenting.

AJ Smith-Shawver Promoted to Pearl

I wrote about Smith-Shawver yesterday and discussed what I thought his timeline could be should he continue to pitch well, and boy, was I wrong. Not an hour after I hit submit, Smith-Shawver got the call to Double-A. It’s definitely an aggressive play from the powers that be, but so was Spencer Strider when he was promoted to the MLB directly from AA. As I’ve discussed before, Pearl is the real litmus test in the Braves org and Alex Anthopoulos and his crew have not been shy about promoting directly from AA. While I don’t think Smith-Shawver will see the bigs in 2023 (he’s only 20!), I truly don’t think it’s out of the question. Both Vaughn Grissom and Michael Harris II debuted at 21 and Shawver will be 21 in November. Crazier things have happened!

Game 2, Kyle Wright vs. Braxton Garrett! Let’s get it.