I’ll be honest, when the Braves were being chastised by national media for the Chop and the “Hammers” started trending on Twitter and several media outlets, I’ll be honest…I got excited. I’ve never been married to a team based on the name and when my friend Brent Blackwell informed me that the Braves were actually named after a business tycoon from New York, I doubled down on the Hammers and I even let it pulse through me that it could actually be a possibility. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be and I’m completely ok with it, especially considering the nightmare of a name that Cleveland landed on. I mean, holy heck, Cleveland Rocks was right there for the taking and it would have sold an insane amount of merch! Oh well…

The Braves play the Guardians (bleh) in a 3-game series and then head to Tampa Bay for the last stop before the All-Star break, which should be fun.

Braves vs. Guardians Pitching Matchups

Game 1: Bryce Elder vs. Gavin Williams

Game 2: Kolby Allard vs. Shane Beiber

Game 3 Michael Soroka vs. Cal Quantrill

Braves Land 8 All-Stars

Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies, Orlando Arcia, Austin Riley, Matt Olson, Sean Murphy, Spencer Strider, and Bryce Elder will rep the A in the All Star game. However, it’s unlikely that either Elder or Strider will actually pitch in the game as they’re lined up to start in Tampa.

Braves Lineup