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The Daily Chop: Freddie Freeman, Mike Foltynewicz and more

Freeman insists that his elbow isn’t the reason for his struggles.

2019 NLDS Game 2 - St. Louis Cardinals v. Atlanta Braves Photo by Mike Zarrilli/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Forget for a moment that you are a long and suffering Atlanta sports fan and the NLDS between the Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals has been wildly entertaining. We have had good pitching, good defense, controversial moments and now we will get a winner take all Game 5.

The Braves missed out on multiple opportunities in a 5-4 loss in 10 innings to the Cardinals in Game 4 on Monday. Atlanta was 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base in the game. A Yadier Molina sacrifice fly in the 10th was the difference.

The series will shift back to SunTrust Park for the deciding game on Wednesday. The game will feature a rematch from Game 2 with Mike Foltynewicz getting the call for Atlanta while the Cardinals will go with right-hander Jack Flaherty.

The Braves are looking for some offensive contributions from its veteran players. Freddie Freeman was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in Game 4 and is just 2-for-16 in the series. He reiterated after the Game 4 loss that his elbow isn’t a factor but at this point you have to wonder. Ronald Acuña Jr, Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies have combined for 19 hits in the series. Getting baserunners hasn’t been the problem, getting them in has.

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  • While seven clubs are in the hunt for new managers for next season, the Philadelphia Phillies are still undecided on whether to bring back Gabe Kapler for another season. Reports state that Phillies owner John Middleton has been seeking input from players and could soon arrive at a decision.
  • Joe Maddon interviewed with the Angels on Monday and is one of four candidates that will sit down with the club this week.
  • Japan’s Yokohama DeNA BayStars announced on Monday that they intend to post outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo. Once he is formally posted, Tsutsugo will have thirty days to negotiate a contract with any MLB team. Tsutogo is a 10 year veteran of Nippon Professional Baseball and is a career .284/.382/.525 hitter with 205 career home runs.

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