The games best two teams square off this weekend at the Trop in Tampa. The Rays lead the best division in baseball by virtue of winning 13-of-15 to start the season. Atlanta, on the other hand, rolled through June 21-4 and has won 25-of-30.

Something’s gotta give, right?

The Braves are winners of their last 10 series and the hottest team in baseball over the past six week. Tampa lost the final two games of their series in Seattle, and were just swept by the Filthies. Filthadelphia left Tampa after winning three in a row to extend the losing streak for the Rays to five games.

I never like playing a team in the middle of a losing streak, but if I have to, this is the one..

Historic offense

The Braves are on a historic run offensively. Atlanta has six regulars with at least 15 home runs. We are currently tied with the 2019 Twins for the most homers before the All-Star Game with three yet to play. Matt Olson is the NL’s leader in home runs and RBI, but is not even an MVP candidate because Ronald Acuna Jr. is on this team.

Charlie Morton (8-6, 3.57) and Tyler Glasnow (2-2, 4.50) square off in game one.. Morton kept the ball in the yard and missed back feet in his last start, though he still threw too many pitches in 5 2/3. He didn’t miss as many bats as he often does, but was good enough to earn a win. Glasnow has dropped his last two decisions.

While neither team has much experience against the other’s starter, the game will come down to the bullpens. The Braves bullpen is at full strength after a day off. Meanwhile, Tampa’s threw a lot of innings yesterday. Advantage to the team who chases the starter first. I know, I know…thanks Captain O!

Good news

Ace Max Fried begins a rehab assignment at AAA Gwinnett on Sunday. This is great news for Friend and the Braves. The team keeps on winning, but with a healthy Fried – the rest of the league is screwed.

Watch the best two teams in baseball square off at 6:40 ET/5:40 CT on Apple TV+