If it feels like Bryce Elder and Julio Teheran just pitched against each other, it’s because they did. When the Braves take the field in a couple of hours, it will be Elder, Teheran – Game 2 – a rematch of last Sunday’s pitching matchup.

Baseball wonks would say neither of these starting pitchers factored in the decision last Sunday afternoon at American Family Field. Atlanta won the game, 4-2, winning their eighth rubber game in nine chances this season. But to Elder didn’t factor in the decision is a serious misnomer. The 24 year-old righty coulda/woulda/shoulda be about 11-2 by now. He factored big-time in last Sunday’s decision by throwing six innings of two run ball. He seemed to right the ship and caused the opponent, and Braves Country, to once again respect their elder.

Old friend proved effective

Old friend Teheran was pretty darn good, too. He threw six innings of 1-run ball before giving way to the ‘pen. The Braves got to Elvis Peguero for three runs in the eighth, capped by Ozzie Albies‘ decisive, 407 foot, 3-run HR.

Hopefully the bats will do damage tonight, and Elder can keep the ball in the yard. It would also help to keep future Hall-of-Famer Sal Frelick off the bases and to only hit the ball to left and centerfields in this one.

If a guy’s first week in the bigs is an indicator, Sal Frelick is Hall of Fame bound.

Braves manager, Brian Snitker, is running out the same lineup he does virtually every night – only substituting Travis d’Arnaud in the five-hole.

Elder, Teheran – Game 2 coming up shortly. First pitch at Truist Park is set for 7:20 ET/6:20 CT. Let’s get it!

All’s quiet on the trading front

No surprise here, but all is quiet on the trading front with AA and the Braves. I’m hoping and trusting in the best executive in the game.