It’s Braves and Yankees in Game 2…but let’s get the elephant out of the room.

Luis Severino

  • 2015: 2.89 ERA
  • 2016: 5.83 ERA
  • 2017: 2.98 ERA
  • 2018: 3.39 ERA
  • 2019: 1.50 ERA
  • 2021: 0.00 ERA
  • 2022: 3.18 ERA
  • 2023: 8.06 ERA

Has his velocity dropped? No. Has he been unlucky? Not much. Did he have Tommy John at some point? Yes. February of 2020. Has he been effective post TJS? Yes. A really strong 2022.

I asked my Yankees friend (loose term) what’s wrong with Severino and his answer was very Yankee-esque: He sucks. The weird thing is that he shouldn’t suck. The velo is nearly the same but everything else on his Statcast page is straight out of the North Pole. It’s been a rough year for the 2 teams in New York, but this turn of events might be the most shocking. Well, the Braves do love a fastball and apparently Severino’s been putting it on a tee all year so tonight should be eventful for the home crowd.

Bryce Elder counters Severino tonight and could really use a good outing. His ERA was sitting at 2.45 on July 3rd, but has since risen to 3.64 in only 6 starts and 3 of which he gave up 7 runs in 3.1, 2.2, and 4.1 innings. Tonight’s game is remarkably important for Bryce as he needs to prove that the first half of this year wasn’t a fluke.

Transaction a Day AA

This is one that brings me no joy to post. Ozzie Albies is easily my favorite current Brave and is right there with Dale Murphy as my favorite of all time. It somewhat surprised me to see Vaughn Grissom to get the call considering the fact that Brian Snitker has been notoriously stingy with playing time for any of the offensive call-ups. Peanut seems to think that Grissom and Nicky Lopez will split time. I have my doubts, especially if Lopez continues to hit the ball well.

Braves Lineup

Nicky Lopez gets the start at 2B over Vaughn Grissom and I’m not sure I see that changing if he keeps hitting.