The Halos appear to have had a little something on their side last night in a 4-1 win over the Braves. That said, it’s with joy that I say, Happy Striderday! Atlanta looks to bounce back by sending Spencer Strider to the hill to begin a new winning streak. He will face LA lefty Patrick Sandoval.
Strider changed his number to 99 before the season began in honor of the great Rick Vaughn of Major League fame. The flame-throwing righty leads the world in strikeouts (199) and is 11-3 with a 3.77 ERA on the season. We hope he is able to do what he has struggled to do this season…keeping the ball in the yard. His mentor, Charlie Morton, allowed three solo shots last night. Strider allowed two blasts last time out, spoiling an otherwise great outing.
We can also hope in channeling his inner “Wild Thing,” that Strider might invite Pedro Serrano to the park to wake up the bats tonight. The Braves managed just one run on four hits in last night’s lost, and hope to go to work against Sandoval. Atlanta doesn’t see many lefties – because they crush them! Here’s to crushing this one tonight! Sandoval is 6-7 with a 4.13 ERA on the season. He has a 1.41 WHIP and may be just what Jobu needs to wake up our bats.
Matt Olson provided the Braves offense last night, launching his 36th HR of the season. Austin Riley added a double off the wall on the bottom of the sixth, but Ronald Acuña was stopped at third. Olson was intentionally walked to load the bases, but a ground out to third ended the threat.
Give AA a Hand!
The Braves announced around 1 p.m. ET that Brad Hand is coming over from the Rockies. In exchange, AA gave the Rockies a pack of Juicy Fruit and a couple rubber bands. Hand gives the Braves another lefty arm, and inside information on the rest of the NL East. When he toes the rubber for the Braves, he will have pitched for every other team in the division.