Yes, it is only June, and there is a lot of baseball left to be played.
However, what the Braves have done so far this month, and what they have the opportunity to do in their remaining June games, carries significance. For one, the Braves are now 15-2 this month. Atlanta’s offense has arguably been the best in the majors, and the starting pitching has consistently shined, including Charlie Morton and Ian Anderson arguably producing their best starts of the season against the Cubs. In a situation where Atlanta needed a win, Anderson made sure he was at his best.
Now, the fun starts. Over the next week, the Braves will play four games against San Francisco and three games against the Dodgers (including the return of Freddie Freeman to Atlanta next weekend.) These three teams are currently in the midst of what essentially is a nine team playoff race for six spots. How the Braves perform this week could prove to be big as the season progresses. Plus, it will also be fun to see where the Braves truly stand against tougher competition.
- The long ball once again benefitted the Braves as Anderson had plenty of support early to work with as he silenced the Cubs.
- Max Fried will get the ball first on Monday when the Braves start a four game series against San Francisco.
- Michael Harris II continues to amaze at the plate and in the field during his first month as a Brave.
- Despite losing the series against the Cubs, Brad Rowland and Eric Cole have plenty of positives to discuss on the latest Episode of the Battery Power Podcast.
- In a battle of two of the AL’s best teams, the Blue Jays came back from five runs down to stun the Yankees.
- It was a memorable Sunday for plenty of MLB rookies:
Jerar Encarnación, Óscar González, Buddy Kennedy & J.J. Matijevic each hit 1st career HR today— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) June 20, 2022
That's tied for the 3rd-most 1st career HR hit on a single day
It's the most since 6/24/17: Matt Olson, Jaycob Brugman, Franklin Barreto, Ben Lively (1st 3 in same game off same P!)
- Another NL rookie, Jack Suwinski, hit three home runs, including the game winner, on Sunday to help the Pirates earn a victory.
- White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson is expected to be back in action today after being out for the past three weeks.
- Highly Touted shortstop prospect Oneil Cruz will be returning to Pittsburgh today in what Pirates fans will hope will be a permanent stay.
- Manny Machado, who many consider the front runner for NL MVP as of today, sprained his ankle in a scary moment on Sunday.