For only the fifth time since 1990, the Atlanta Braves offense as a whole is producing an OPS under .700 this far into a season. A few major reasons for the struggles have been bad luck and a bad ball (offense remains down across the majors), but entering Monday’s game, the Braves were 15th in the league in team OPS. Through this point of the season in 2019, they were 7th. In 2021, they were 9th. The main takeaway is Atlanta having a league average offense is not a trend that will help this season turn around if it continues.
Ronald Acuna Jr.’s impact being more consistent should help things, as should the Braves best bats finding some success. The Braves had two good games against the Marlins to earn two wins out of three contests over the weekend. Perhaps they can find the same success over the next three games against the Phillies.
- Tucker Davidson was unable to put together a second solid start in a row as he lasted only 2.2 innings in the Braves 7-3 loss to the Phillies.
- The AJC looked a bit more at the Braves decision to start William Contreras in left field for the first time.
- The Braves recalled lefty Dylan Lee from the minors and designated Tyler Thornburg for assignment.
- Paul Goldschmidt made it a second straight day in which an MLB player ended a game with a walk-off grand slam.
- Aaron Judge was able to extend his MLB home run lead this season with two more long balls on Monday.
- Former top prospect Alex Reyes will undergo surgery to address his current shoulder pain issues, the latest in a long list of injuries for Reyes.
- Brewers RHP Freddy Peralta will miss a significant amount of time with his own shoulder injury, thought he could be back this season.