As one could easily guess, “Braves vs. Mariners” hasn’t been something heard very often. In fact, it’s only happened 19 times in history and the Braves have been on the losing end more often than, with an 8-11 record. Their last game, which was on 9/11 of 2022, the Braves were getting beat badly, 6-1 through the 7th. They picked up a run in the 8th, then scored 5 in the top of 9 to take a 7-6 lead. Kenley Jansen came on to pitch the bottom of the 9th, gave up 2 solo dingers, and that was it. The Braves come into the series 27-16 and the Mariners, 21-22. The Mariners have struggled offensively with only 1 player, Jared Kelenic, with an OPS over .800. However, both their rotation and bullpen have been very good with Luis Castillo, George Kirby, and Logan Gilbert leading the charge.

Braves vs. Mariners Pitching Matchups

Game 1: Bryce Elder vs. Bryce Miller: Miller is loving living in small sample territory as he’s carrying a 0.47 ERA. Prior to the season, he was ranked as the 61st prospect in baseball. His fastball sits around 96 but the spin is in the 99th percentile. Like Spencer Strider, his fastball is by far the pitch featured the most and Braves hitters sure do like fastballs.

Game 2: TBD. vs. Logan Gilbert: There’s been no word on Saturday’s starter but my guess is the team will go with a bullpen game, especially if Elder can go fairly deep tonight. While Braves fans really want Michael Soroka to get a look, it won’t be this series as he pitched on 5/17.

Game 3: TBD vs. George Kirby: Jared Shuster would be on regular rest to pitch on Sunday and I’m penciling him in for now.

Transaction a Day AA

This move was announced last night by Braves Radio analyst Kevin McAlpin and at the time, it was a serious head-scratcher. After dissecting the info and discussing it with a few Braves buddies, I noticed that Ehire Adrianza hadn’t played in a rehab game since 5/14. From there, clarity called, and I made an educated guess that Adrianza would go on the 60-day IL. So yes, Charlie Culberson, who’s rocking a .489 OPS at AAA, is now the backup SS and 2B and that’s very….meh. There were some that assumed that the Braves were just giving him a nod and will allow him to be on the roster for a week then retire from baseball, but there’s no actual facts behind that assumption. This is one time that I’m very thankful that Brian Snitker loves a regular lineup.

Braves Lineup

Tonight’s game is on Apple TV+.