Elaine is a two-time Clemson graduate and worked in athletic communications for the Tigers, primarily covering the men's soccer, football, and (of course) baseball programs. When she's not writing recaps or helping run BP's social media pages, she can be found searching for the best seasonal latte in the city she's in, listening to Harry Styles, and maintaining a presence on Braves Twitter almost exclusively via liking posts about Max Fried and Spencer Strider.
2023 wasn’t the season anyone had hoped for out of the Braves’ ace.
Spencer Strider spun an unlikely gem and Austin Riley hit his 35th homer to lead the Braves to a division title.
Four of Atlanta’s six pitchers allowed a homer as St. Louis won the series’ second slugfest on Wednesday.
Austin Riley and Orlando Arcia also contributed solo homers as the Braves reached 40 games over .500 on Saturday.
It was going well for the Braves until it wasn’t on Wednesday.
The Stripers earned the Braves’ organization’s only win on Sunday, with an eight-run sixth inning complementing solid pitching.
It was another comeback win for the Braves in the series finale, but this one was markedly different than the first two.
Yet another hot start for Atlanta wasn’t enough to top Freddie Freeman, J.D. Martinez and the rest of the Los Angeles lineup on Monday night.
A last-minute trade deadline acquisition, Raisel Iglesias proved to be a dominant addition to an already-dominant Atlanta bullpen.