It’s time for the Braves and Cubs, which means a lot more to the Cubs than it does to the Braves! Bryce Elder, his 12-4 record and 3.63 ERA takes on Justin Steele, his 16-5 record and 3.00 ERA. Steele is likely in the top 3 for NL Cy Young and deservedly so. Along with a 3.00 ERA, Steele has a 4.86 K/BB rate and has kept HRs at bay with a 0.7 HR/9 rate that leads qualified SPs. Meanwhile, Elder has not been the same pitcher in the 2nd half of the season, carrying a 5.40 ERA since July 9th.
Transaction a Day AA
Apparently the Braves had to make a decision on Ehire Adrianza and a decision they made as Adrianza was activated off the IL and was immediately designated for assignment. This comes as no surprise as Nicky Lopez has fit in well with the club and provides better defense and likely a better bat.