The Braves got off to an inauspicious start on Monday, as the Marlins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run homer from Brian Anderson. Julio Teheran appeared destined for another poor outing against a Miami team that tagged him for nine runs in his last start, but settled in to allow three runs over five innings of work. The Braves offense was lead by Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuña, who both homered, while Johan Camargo added two doubles and an RBI. The Atlanta bullpen finished the game with four shutout innings as Brad Brach made his Braves debut and AJ Minter continued his good work in the closer role.
The Braves acquired outfielder Adam Duvall from the Cincinnati Reds on Monday for Matt Wisler, Lucas Sims, and Preston Tucker. The move was announced by the club shortly after their 5-3 win over the Marlins, as GM Alex Anthopoulos once kept his business close to the vest. The acquisition of Duvall accomplishes multiple goals for Atlanta, who clear two 40-man roster spots while also adding a right-handed bat to strengthen the offensive attack against left-handed pitching. Duvall is under contract thru the 2021 season, and will be arbitration eligible this offseason.
The Braves promoted yet another promising young arm on Monday, sending right-hander Kyle Wright to Gwinnett. After being drafted fifth overall last June, Wright has moved quickly through the system, producing at each stop as he showcases the impressive arsenal that made him the top collegiate arm in the 2017 draft.
The Braves are reportedly interested in Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler, who has remained healthy this season after several trying attempts to begin his career. Wheeler is a Georgia native and is a hard-thrower, but his production to this point leaves much to be desired when considering the likely prospect cost the Mets will seek in return.
The Braves made room for newly acquired reliever Brad Brach by placing Sam Freeman on the disabled list Monday with what is reportedly being referred to as shoulder inflammation.
The Braves were reported to have had interest in Kela on Sunday, but he is now destined for Pittsburgh after a late-night deal between the Rangers and Pirates.
That contention window in Washington must be closing a lot faster than we thought. Not only is Bryce Harper a good bet to leave the Nationals this offseason, he can apparently be had in trade RIGHT NOW. Being a seller is one thing, but being an obnoxiously cocky preseason World Series pick type of seller is just weird and sad... But hey, you can’t lose in the first round if you miss the playoffs altogether right?