The Braves went to extra innings with the Reds on Monday, which could have been bad news for an already taxed bullpen, but Ozzie Albies delivered a walk-off in the 11th inning to seal an Atlanta victory. Cincinnati entered play on a seven-game win streak behind a red-hot offense, but were held silent by Mike Foltynewicz prior to a fifth inning home run by Scott Schebler, which would be the lone hit allowed by the Braves right-hander in his return from the disabled list. The Atlanta bullpen was spotty at best, but were able to hold off the Reds in extra innings to set up Albies’ heroics.
As noted above, Foltynewicz got the start on Monday, and in a related roster move, Evan Phillips was optioned back to Triple-A Gwinnett. This move drew the ire of many Braves fans, as Phillips has been dominant in the minor leagues, and could certainly fit into a bullpen that features Lucas Sims and Luke Jackson. The timetable for Phillips to return is unclear, but he is almost certainly going to make his major league debut at some point in the near future, barring injury.
In the third update on All-Star voting, the Braves remain well-presented atop the positional rankings. Freddie Freeman, Nick Markakis, and Ozzie Albies each lead their respective positions, and multiple others sit within striking distance of the top spot.
With trade season upcoming, take a look at which players are on the market and which ones are drawing significant interest. With the Braves reportedly in the market for bullpen help, it would come as no shock to see them featured prominently in rumors for available closers in the coming weeks.