Ooh, my little sinker ball, sinker ball
When you gonna give it all, Mike Soroka?!
Ooh, you make the hitters run, the hitters run
Gun it coming off the mound, Mike Soroka?!

The Braves play host to the Cardinals and Michael Soroka faces off against Miles Mikolas. Mikolas has disappointed this year, carrying a. 4.65 ERA. Soroka comes in at 5.52 at the bigs, but has strung together some positive starts at Gwinnett of late. In his last 6 games, he has a 3.58 ERA and 9 BBs to 39 Ks in 32.2 IP. If AA can get that kind of production out of Soroka tonight and in future starts, the Braves will have depth upon depth entering the postseason. However, my guess is Soroka is one start and back down as the Braves will likely try to gain another year of control out of him.

Transaction a Day AA

And this…

Ben Heller takes the ride back to Gwinnett. Yonny Chirinos takes the one way pre-paid ticket to retirement, and Ehire Adrianza starts a rehab assignment on some body part that was hurt. Meanwhile, Andrew Velazquez gets picked up when the Braves have a perfectly cromulent Braden Shewmake at Gwinnett. Sometimes I feel like AA just gets bored.

Braves Lineup

Nicky Lopez gets the start tonight and with the Andrew Velazquez transaction there’s at least plausible evidence that Orlando Arcia might have tweaked something. We shall see.