The Atlanta Braves started August by recording three lopsided victories earlier than seeing their fortunes change in the course of the early portion of their 11-game street journey
Whereas Atlanta is dealing with some resistance, the identical seemingly cannot be mentioned for Matt Olson. The slugger belted his career-best fortieth homer of the season Thursday in a 7-5 setback to the Pittsburgh Pirates, tying Los Angeles Angels two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani for the major-league lead
“It is a good, clear quantity. It is a kind of milestone numbers, however hopefully there’s extra,” Olson informed Bally Sports activities South. “(I’ll) take pleasure in it for a second and get again to work tomorrow.
“It isn’t even the second week of August and we’ve got a (40-homer, 100-RBI) man,” Braves supervisor Brian Snitker mentioned. “That is wonderful what he has performed. Kinda quietly too. This man is having nearly as good of a 12 months as anyone within the sport.
Atlanta’s Charlie Morton (10-10, 3.86 ERA) will take the mound within the sequence opener towards New York’s Tylor Megill (6-5, 5.45) in a battle of right-handers
Morton, 39, dropped his fourth straight begin on Sunday after permitting 5 runs and 4 walks in 4 1/3 innings of a 6-4 setback to the Chicago Cubs
Morton is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in two begins this season towards New York. He’s 4-6 with a 3.99 ERA in 20 profession video games (19 begins) vs. the Mets
Megill is aware of a factor or two about struggles, as he returned from a less-than-stellar stint at Triple-A Syracuse with a tricky outing on Saturday. Though his velocity was up, the top consequence was a down efficiency after the 6-foot-7 hurler yielded 5 runs on 9 hits — together with two homers — in 4 2/3 innings of a 7-3 setback to the Baltimore Orioles
“The large factor we’re engaged on was simply the fastball,” Megill mentioned, per the Bergen File. “Earlier within the 12 months, all the pieces was sinking, so coming down into barrels and a lot of the most important objectives have been easy methods to get it again and driving via the zone and staying true. I believe we’re at a extremely good state, and it is progressively getting higher every outing.
Megill, 28, is 1-1 with a 4.02 ERA in seven profession appearances towards Atlanta. He acquired a no-decision vs. the Braves on Could 1 after permitting three runs on 4 hits in 5 2/3 innings
Pete Alonso homered for the fourth time in a three-game sequence towards the Cubs in the course of the Mets‘ 4-3 win on Wednesday. He’s 5-for-10 with 10 RBIs and 4 runs over the past three contests
“I went via a extremely unhealthy patch this 12 months and it was positively the worst of my big-league profession,” Alonso mentioned. “I used to be wholesome, however we play a sport of failure, and the legislation of averages are beginning to bounce again in my favor.
Alonso has two homers amongst his three hits within the season sequence towards Atlanta. The Braves, nonetheless, have gained 5 of the six conferences in 2023
–Discipline Degree Medi