Atlanta Braves vs. Boston Red Sox! The Braves, at 24-11, hold the best record in the National League, and they travel to Boston for a 2-game series where they meet a Red Sox team that is outperforming expectations and still sit at 4th, 21-15 in the division. Offensively, they’ve been carried by the long ball, especially from Rafael Devers, who has hit 11 HRs in 35 games. Masataka Yoshido, who was signed by the Red Sox this offseason out of the JPWL, has played a huge part in the offense as he’s carrying a .939 OPS in 129 PAs. As for pitching, and I’ll be polite, they have been carried by their bullpen because their starting pitching has been half-decayed dog shit. Ok…so I wasn’t polite. Get over it. Former Braves, Kenley Jansen and Chris Martin, have been brilliant in their roles as setup man and closer, and Kutter Crawford has joined in on the dominance. Another former Braves player, Adam Duvall, was having a remarkable beginning to his year, carrying a 1.544 OPS with 4 HRs in 8 games, broke his wrist…again, and has been sidelined since. Still, there’s a lot of hard outs in this lineup including Alex Verdugo, Jarren Duran, Justin Turner, and Conner Wong

Atlanta Braves vs. Boston Red Sox Pitching Matchups

Game 1: Nick Pivetta vs. Charlie Morton

Game 2: Brayan Bello vs. TBD (Shuster or Dodd, in all likelihood)

The Gwinnett Stripers have Dylan Dodd listed as tonight’s starter and Jared Shuster is listed as tomorrow’s starter for Gwinnett. If Dodd doesn’t go tonight, he’ll be the starter tomorrow. And if… well, you get it. The bigger question might be that the Braves, who were chock full of SP candidates at the beginning of spring training, could go outside the organization after losing Ian Anderson to TJS and now Max Fried to a left forearm strain. My guess is they’ll stay in-house. Even factoring in the uncertainty, Pivetta vs. Morton leans heavily toward the Braves. At the least, a split should be the expectation.

Transaction a Day AA

This doesn’t need to be said, but I’ll say it anyway: I don’t like this. Forearm strain and Max Fried in the same sentence has been a baseball nightmare for me for these past 5 years. Let’s hope it stops there. I think this will not be a 15-day stint and I hope that the team can stay afloat while Fried recovers.

Braves Lineup

Travis D’Arnaud is back, but not back in the lineup. Hopefully he’ll get a shot tomorrow.