The Braves had multiple players break out of slumps on Wednesday, with Josh Donaldson and Dansby Swanson having seven hits between them. Donaldson had three doubles, while Swanson had four hits out of the leadoff spot.
Ronald Acuna will end his chase for a 40-40 season, missing the remainder of the regular season with groin tightness. The Braves are understandably being very cautious with their prized young star, and believe the extra rest will allow him to play in the Division Series without issue.
The Braves are lining up their rotation in a manner that will likely leave Mike Soroka to start game three, despite the young right-hander being the unquestioned ace of the staff. As Demetrius writes, that decision stems from Soroka being one of the best road pitchers in all of baseball.
Yet, it appears that the Braves are ready to give Soroka the compass so that he can navigate his way through his first postseason game on the road. They have good reason to do so, as a look at his home/away splits will tell a very interesting story. The Braves have been the best road team in the National League his season and Mike Soroka’s performances away from Sunrust Park have reflected that. He’s sitting on an ERA/FIP of 1.35 (!!!) and 3.06 on the road, when compared to a 4.14/3.90 ERA/FIP at home. There could be a bit of luck involved, and the gap between the ERA and FIP seems to suggest that Soroka has had a lot of things outside of his control go his way on the road. Also, a .235 BABIP seems to be a little on the low side and is a big reason why his overall BABIP is currently at .247 for the season.
What a season for the underdog Twins, who clinched the AL Central on Wednesday.
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