Atlanta’s offense put up a good showing but their pitching staff was unable to hold the Cubs down. Lucas Sims was hit hard early and the bullpen didn’t do anything to stop the bleeding. The Braves will try to avoid a sweep on Sunday.
Freddie Freeman had a homer and a double in Saturday’s loss but admitted to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman after the game that he feels like he is losing strength in his left wrist and that his bat speed is declining.
"It's the wet newspaper I've been swinging," Freeman said in reference to his depleted strength. "I got through it a couple times today and made contact. I needed to do it again in the last [at-bat], and I didn't do it. I'm not able to get through balls. I've got nothing left, really. My bat speed is absolutely gone. It's just not there.
With the Braves playing out the string, our own Demetrius Bell writes that it is time to shut down Freeman and let him get ready for 2018.
Braves rookie left hander Max Fried will make his first career start on Sunday and tells MLB.com’s Mark Bowman that he is excited for the opportunity.
"If you would have talked to me in May or June when everything was going on, I probably wouldn't have believed you, and I'd have told you you were crazy," Fried said. "I'm really excited and happy to be here, and I really just can't wait to [make the] start."
Michael Conforto will undergo surgery on his left shoulder next week and will miss the remainder of the season. Conforto suffered the injury on a swing last month and the recovery could keep him out beyond opening day in 2018.
Victor Martinez will undergo heart ablation surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat and will miss the remainder of the season. Martinez hasn’t considered retirement and should be healthy for the start of spring training.