Well, these last 4 games have sucked, but there’s nothing like taking a trip to Arlington to play a bad team and gain some confidence back. Wait…what was that? They’re good now? Well shit…

The Braves and the Rangers enter tonight’s game carrying the same record of 25-15. Thus far, it’s not only their record that has been eerily similar with these teams as the Rangers have had their share of pitching woes as Jacob DeGrom is on the IL and 4 other pitchers are on their 60-day IL. However, the Braves are playing the best game of “Hold my Beer”, especially after today’s news:

The 60-day IL list has now grown almost large enough to fill out an entire rotation:

  1. Kolby Allard
  2. Ian Anderson
  3. Huascar Ynoa
  4. Kyle Wright

Tyler Matzek rounds out the 60-day IL at a nice round number of 5.

Then there’s 3 more on the 10 or 15 day IL:

  1. Ehire Adrianza
  2. Lucas Luetge
  3. Max Fried

Factor all this in with the injuries that occurred during the first month of the season and it’s quite impressive that this team is 25-15. And yes, the same can be said for the Rangers as many of their prized possessions have spent time on the IL. And while it looks like the Rangers are on the mend, the Braves just keep getting hurt, especially in the rotation that will now have to find 2 starters over the next 5-6 games.

Braves vs. Rangers Pitching Matchups

Game 1: Charlie Morton vs. Cody Bradford: It will be Bradford’s MLB debut against one of the oldest SP in the game. In 7 starts at Round Rock, the lefty is carrying a 0.91 ERA and looks to be a guy that has just burst on the scene and they’re going to give him a go.

Game 2: TBD (likely Jared Shuster) vs Dane Dunning

Game 3: Spencer Strider vs. Nathan Eovaldi

Tonight’s Braves Lineup

The Braves need a win like I need a nap. Hope both happens!