The Atlanta Braves coming of an impressive sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks got a taste of their own medicine at the hands of the World Series champions Chicago Cubs. The Cubs pounded the Braves yesterday afternoon after a late finish Wednesday night. Several players were held out of Wednesday’s lineup including Matt Adams, Brandon Phillips, and Nick Markakis. Matt Adams would come into the game after Braves All Star Freddie Freeman left the game after striking out in the 4th inning with a stomach virus.
Unfortunately the next series for the Braves will not get any easier as the Braves are playing 1 of the hottest teams in baseball the Los Angeles Dodgers. With the non roster trade deadline coming up on July 31st, it will be interested to see if the Braves are buyers or sellers. When the Braves improved their record to.500 hopes were high in Atlanta. After the Cubs swept the Braves at home, the Braves might feel like a balloon that has been popped.
In yesterday’s game Braves starter R.A. Dickey compiled his very impressive 2,000 innings as a big league pitcher. The Cubs just happened to hit Dickey well Wednesday afternoon and were unable to put out much offense. The Braves only scored twice in the game with homeruns from Ender Inciatre and Tyler Flowers. Maybe a trip out West can rejuvenate the Braves bats that were not very impressive against the Cubs.
This next series might decide a lot in Atlanta. Will the Braves build towards a better and improved 2018 season or will the team rally for a possible play off run? Spirits maybe low in Atlanta right now but winning a couple of games in a row might help the Braves fans forget about their losing streak. One of the players who might be on the trading block is Braves starter Julio Teheran who is owed 8 million dollars in 2018. Teheran has struggled at SunTrust Park in the 2017 season but he has been impressive away from Atlanta. Several teams in major league baseball are looking for starting pitching and if the right deal comes to Braves General Manager John Coppolella, that trade is very possible. Other Braves players might be traded away before July 31st but there is no crystal ball telling the future of any Braves players. GO BRAVES!!!!!