A lot of things went wrong for the Braves on Friday night. Ozzie Albies had to miss a start with soreness in his wrist, Sean Newcomb started off strong and then began to implode, Jhoulys Chacin made sure to finish the implosion that Newcomb started and then some....but there was still life in these Braves as they rallied for an 11-10 win over the Mets.
Sure, there was some questionable game management out of Brian Snitker including bringing in Chacin when he did as well as leaving him in as long as he did (you would have thought the Braves were already down five runs based on how all of that was handled), but Travis d’Arnaud and Dansby Swanson simply put the team on their backs and carried them to victory. A five run bottom of the eighth inning proved to be just enough to get the win.
Hopefully, this isn’t the last weekend of baseball in 2020 because this one is off to a really fun start.
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With the Braves still looking for answers in their rotation, they will give a familiar face a shot as Touki Toussaint will get the start on Saturday. Touki has long possessed a wicked curve and loads of just raw talent, but Saturday it will be interesting to see if he can harness his impressive arsenal for more than just small bursts.
The Braves were without Ozzie Albies on Friday night and while the initial thought process was that it was just a day off, however there was more to it than that as he is apparently dealing with some soreness in his right wrist. While it is never great news when one of your best players is dinged up, the good news is that it sounds like a minor issue and there was already significant optimism that Ozzie would be back on the field Saturday.
With most of the Marlins roster testing positive for COVID-19 and now cases popping up with the Cardinals and Phillies, Rob Manfred has reached out to MLBPA for help with getting this situation under control. One option that is very clearly on the table is shutting down the season if the league can’t guarantee the safety/health of its players.
Speaking of COVID-related league news, the Brewers home opener had to get called off because two Cardinals players tested positive for COVID-19. No word on the actual players, but the early indications are that if no other Cardinals test positive tomorrow, the rest of the weekend’s games are still on. What could possibly go wrong?\\