After putting up a dozen, most of which on a Rangers rookie, the Braves will send their version of Cody Bradford to the mound in hopes that Jared Shuster doesn’t suffer the same fate. The Rangers starter tonight is Dane Dunning, who’s been a bullpen guy his first 8 games and has been moved into the rotation for his last 2 games. While he’s carrying a stellar ERA, there’s a good mix of red and blue on his Statcast page and it wouldn’t surprise me if the Braves light him up or that he throws a complete game shutout.

Transaction a Day AA

This is the first time the “Oh, to be Young” phrase wasn’t a compliment. Danny Young gets the 30 minute trip to Gwinnett because he has options and Jared Shuster gets the flight to Arlington because he can throw baseballs for a longer amount of time than Danny Young. Lucas Luetge getting ramped up again and I have no idea what AA has up his sleeve when Luetge declares he’s ready to rejoin the team.

Braves MILB News

This move was shocking…before I started thinking about it, and then the OH moment happened. A.J. Smith-Shawver continues his rapid rise up the Braves MiLB chain, but it might not be for the reason that everyone thinks. The Southern League is the league that MLB chose to test out the new sticky ball, and after thinking about that, my “Top Performers for the Mississippi Braves” looks a whole lot more suspect due to the added advantage that isn’t present in any other league. While it may just be a theory, I feel that Smith-Shawver was promoted to AAA because the Braves want to see if he’s ready for the rotation and there’s no way to test that at Double-A with the sticky ball.

Braves Lineup

I like this lineup. I hope it hits dingers and catches baseballs.