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  • Ozzie Albies Exits Game After Hit By Pitch

    Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies (calf) left the game in the ninth inning after being hit by a pitch, according to The Athletic's David O'Brien. Albies was hit in the calf with a pitch in the top of the ninth, and after he slowly walked to first base, he exited the game with a trainer. It was the third time in the last two days that Albies has been hit in the lower leg, having been hit by a pitch on Thursday and then fouling a pitch off his foot earlier in the game on Friday. Manager Brian Snitker said that the team will know more about Albies' condition overnight, as they look to see if any swelling occurs. It seems like the team is being cautious with their star second baseman, and for now managers should consider Albies day-to-day.

    Apr 16 · RotoBaller Braves Ozzie Albies
  • Ender Inciarte Likely Heading To IL With Hamstring Strain

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte (hamstring) will likely be placed on the injured list with a hamstring strain, according to David O'Brien of The Athletic. Inciarte suffered the injury in the fourth inning while going from first to third on a double by pitcher Kyle Wright. This injury comes days after the Braves placed outfielder Cristian Pache (groin) on the 10-day injured list, and now they are down to Guillermo Heredia and Ronald Acuna Jr. in the outfield. O'Brien adds that the team would need to add another outfielder to the 40-man roster, or turn to utility players Johan Camargo or Ehire Adrianza as short term fixes. Inciarte hasn't shown much at the plate so far this season, slashing .294/.368/.353 with one double and three runs scored in 12 games.

    Apr 16 · RotoBaller Braves Ender Inciarte
  • Drew Smyly Placed On Injured List, Kyle Wright Starting Friday

    Atlanta Braves left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly (forearm) was placed on the 10-day injured list with left forearm inflammation after he was scratched from his start on Friday against the Chicago Cubs. Manager Brian Snitker said the team hopes that Smyly will miss just one start. Right-hander Kyle Wright was recalled from the alternate training site to start on Friday. He'll be making his season debut after going 2-4 with a 5.21 ERA in 2020. Smyly, 31, is 0-0 with a 5.73 ERA in two starts this year, with his last outing coming last Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Infielder Johan Camargo was also called up by Atlanta. Although this injury doesn't sound too serious, Smyly's history of injuries should make fantasy managers in deeper leagues very worried.

    Apr 16 · RotoBaller Braves Drew Smyly Kyle Wright
  • Dansby Swanson Tallies Three Hits On Thursday

    Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson had his second multi-hit game and first three-hit game of the year on Thursday against the Miami Marlins. Swanson went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the game. He was also hit by a pitch. Swanson is off to a slow start to the 2021 season. His three-hit effort on Thursday raised his batting average over .200 for the first time this year. He is now slashing .204/.250/.347 with one home run, four doubles, four RBI and two runs over 13 games. His hard-hit rate this year (46.9%) is up from last year (40.7%), but he's striking out at a higher rate this year (32.7%) than last year (26.7%). It's still early and we should expect Swanson's numbers to start looking better soon.

    Apr 16 · RotoBaller Braves Dansby Swanson
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Hits MLB-Leading Seventh Homer

    Atlanta Braves superstar outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. hit his MLB-best seventh home run of the season on Thursday off Miami Marlins starter Trevor Rogers, a day after a two-homer game. His homer was a two-run shot that came on the first pitch he saw in the fifth inning that cut the deficit at the time to 3-2. Acuna now has 14 extra-base hits this year, which is tied with Hank Aaron in 1958 for the most by a Braves player in the team's first 13 games of a season. The franchise record for March/April home runs is 12, set by Justin Upton in 2013. The 23-year-old phenom went 2-for-5 on Thursday, adding a run scored, two RBI and a strikeout. Acuna has a slash line of .400/.400/.1000 with 16 runs scored, 14 RBI and three stolen bases. He was the No. 1 overall pick in the majority of fantasy drafts for a reason.

    Apr 15 · RotoBaller Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Marcell Ozuna Goes 0-For-5 With Three Strikeouts

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna had a game to forget on Wednesday against the Miami Marlins. Ozuna went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. He now has 18 strikeouts over 12 games and 51 plate appearances on the year. His 35.3% strikeout rate so far this year is much higher than his 22.5% strikeout rate last year. Ozuna had his best game of the year so far on Tuesday, going 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk and three RBI, so it was disappointing to see him drop off so drastically the next day. Ozuna is still hitting the ball hard when he makes contact. His max exit velocity of 114.1 mph ranks amongst the top 4% of the league. Expect to see a home run surge from Ozuna soon.

    Apr 15 · RotoBaller Braves Marcell Ozuna
  • Max Fried Placed On 10-Day Injured List

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday with a strained right hamstring. Fried suffered the injury while running the bases during Tuesday's game, though it's fair to wonder if it was something that has been bothering him, as his first three starts have been less-than-stellar. Perhaps the 27-year-old southpaw can use the time off to correct anything wrong with his mechanics. Left-handed pitcher Tucker Davidson was recalled from the alternate site in a corresponding move- though Bryce Wilson is expected to be a prime candidate to replace Fried in the rotation while he recovers.

    Apr 14 · RotoBaller Braves Max Fried
  • Freddie Freeman Hitting Well After Slow Start

    Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has been producing great power numbers over the past week. Through 11 games on the year, he's hit four home runs and a double while tallying eight RBI and seven runs. He's also shown great plate discipline with six walks compared with only six strikeouts. Freeman went 0-for-9 in the team's opening series against the Philadelphia Phillies. That stretch heavily contributed to his disappointing .179 batting average, but fantasy managers can expect that number to normalize soon. The reigning National League MVP is one of the league's best hitters and should have another monster season in store for 2021.

    Apr 14 · RotoBaller Braves Freddie Freeman
  • Max Fried Set For MRI On Hamstring

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury while running the bases in the fourth inning of Tuesday's game against the Miami Marlins. He is scheduled to have an MRI on his hamstring on Wednesday. It was a dreadful outing for Fried on Tuesday apart from the injury. He pitched four innings and allowed nine hits, two walks and eight runs (seven earned) while striking out three. It was his second-straight rough outing. He now has an 11.45 ERA and 2.55 WHIP on the year. We should hear about the results of the MRI later today. Stay tuned for updates.

    Apr 14 · RotoBaller Braves Max Fried
  • Cristian Pache Placed On Injured List Tuesday

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Cristian Pache (groin) has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left groin strain, according to David O'Brien of The Athletic. Pache had struck out swinging in his last at-bat in the bottom of the fourth inning, and he was then replaced in the top of the fifth inning by Ender Inciarte. He has struggled at the plate to open the year, going 4-for-30 with 13 strikeouts in 11 games. The Braves will announce a corresponding move on Wednesday, with the likely candidates to be called up being Guillermo Heredia or Abraham Almonte.

    Apr 14 · RotoBaller Braves Cristian Pache
  • Ozzie Albies Drops To Fifth In Tuesday's Lineup

    The Atlanta Braves starting lineup has been shuffled a bit for Tuesday's game against the Miami Marlins. Second baseman Ozzie Albies, who had batted second in each of the team's previous 10 games this year, is hitting fifth on Tuesday. As a result, Freddie Freeman has been bumped up to second and Marcell Ozuna has been bumped up to third. Albies has struggled out of the gate this year. Through 10 games, he's slashed .128/.143/.256 with one home run, two doubles, six RBI and five runs. He might have better RBI opportunities from the five-spot, but it's still a downgrade after hitting between Ronald Acuna Jr. and Freeman. We'll see if the move sticks.

    Apr 13 · RotoBaller Braves Ozzie Albies
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Showing Why He's Elite

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. has gotten off to a blazing start to the season and is showing why he was the No. 1 overall pick in most fantasy drafts. Acuna is making exceptional plays on defense, taking extra bases on the basepaths and is hitting for power and showing his high-end speed while bringing all the energy. If he can stay healthy, Acuna could become the fifth player to join the 40-40 club (40 home runs, 40 stolen bases), joining Alfonso Soriano, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Jose Canseco. After Monday's game, Acuna has a slash line of .447/.500/.947 with five doubles, four home runs, eight RBI and three stolen bases. He's the real deal, folks.

    Apr 13 · RotoBaller Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Chris Martin Placed On 10-Day Injured List Saturday

    Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Chris Martin (shoulder) has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation according to David O'Brien of The Athletic. Martin had been out since Sunday, after exiting his appearance early when he felt numbness in his fingers on his throwing hand, and he had been listed as day-to-day since then. O'Brien said the team made the decision to place him on the IL as a result of a throwing session on Friday afternoon. Martin had a strong Spring Training in which he struck out six of the nine batters he faced in three perfect innings of work, and he figured to be the next guy in line for saves behind Will Smith. When he returns, he's a solid guy to roster in SV/HLD formats.

    Apr 10 · RotoBaller Braves Chris Martin
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Fills Up Box Score On Friday

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. went 4-for-5 with a two-run home run and two doubles in the Braves' 8-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday. Acuna is red-hot to begin the 2021 campaign. He has posted a .393/.433/.857 slash line with three HR and six RBI over his first 28 at-bats. Acuna should be active in all fantasy lineups as a matchup-proof everyday player who is, arguably, the best all-around position player in baseball.

    Apr 10 · RotoBaller Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Ehire Adrianza Activated From Restricted List

    Atlanta Braves shortstop Ehire Adrianza has been activated from the restricted list. He has gone through the league's COVID-19 intake protocols and is set to rejoin the club. Infielder Johan Camargo was optioned to the team's alternate site at Gwinnett in a corresponding move. The 31-year-old Adrianza came over to Atlanta this offseason after spending multiple years with the Minnesota Twins. He swung a hot bat this spring, but he will be in a bench role for the Braves as long as the team remains healthy.

    Apr 9 · RotoBaller Braves Ehire Adrianza
  • Dansby Swanson Continues Slump In Doubleheader Wednesday

    Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson continued his early season slump on Wednesday, as he went 1-for-7 with one run and four strikeouts in both games of the doubleheader with Washington. Swanson is now 3-for-21 with one home run and nine strikeouts through six games, and he has recorded at least one strikeout in each game. This slump has come out of nowhere for Swanson, who slashed .308/.386/.487 with one home run and a 10:5 K:BB ratio in 17 games during Spring Training. He's still one of the top fantasy shortstops, but managers might want to consider tossing someone else into their lineup for a couple games until Swanson can find his groove again.

    Apr 8 · RotoBaller Braves Dansby Swanson
  • Pablo Sandoval Comes Up Big Wednesday

    Atlanta Braves corner infielder Pablo Sandoval hit a two-out, two-run home run in the 2-0 win over the Washington Nationals in Game 2 of a doubleheader on Wednesday in what proved to be the game-winner. Sandoval was pinch-hitting for rookie catcher Alex Jackson. Sandoval also had a game-tying, two-run, pinch-hit home run in the extra-inning loss on Opening Day to the Phillies. The 34-year-old became the first Braves player to account for all of his team's runs via a pinch-hit homer twice in one season. The Panda isn't an everyday player on a good Braves team, but he has already proven early this year that can be an excellent situational hitter and bat off the bench late in games. Sandoval isn't much of a fantasy option these days, but he's valuable to the Braves as a leader and in clutch situations.

    Apr 7 · RotoBaller Braves Pablo Sandoval
  • Huascar Ynoa Leads Braves To Victory In Game 2

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Huascar Ynoa struck out five and gave up just two hits in a career-high five scoreless innings to help beat the Washington Nationals in Game 2 of a doubleheader on Wednesday. Unfortunately he was given a no-decision. The 22-year-old made only five starts in 2020, but he hadn't thrown more than four innings. His four-seam fastball touched 99 mph and averaged 96 mph in the game. Ynoa threw his slider around 50 percent of his 68 pitches and generated 12 swings and misses of the 23 swings he induced. The 22-year-old could get some more chances with Mike Soroka out, and this was a positive development. There could be ups and downs with the right-hander, but he's one worth watching.

    Apr 7 · RotoBaller Braves Huascar Ynoa
  • Mike Soroka To Be Shut Down Two Weeks

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Soroka (Achilles, shoulder) will be shut down from throwing for two weeks, according to David O'Brien of The Athletic. Soroka exited his simulated game appearance after one inning on Tuesday with right shoulder inflammation. It's another setback for Soroka, who is trying to work his way back from a torn Achilles tendon. Prior to this, it looked like Soroka would be back with Atlanta around April 23, but now it's looking like his return could be closer to mid-May.

    Apr 7 · RotoBaller Braves Mike Soroka
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Stays Hot In First Game Wednesday

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. helped his team to their first victory of the season in a 7-6 win over the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Wednesday. Acuna had his sixth career multi-homer game on Tuesday in the season opener and has gone 5-for-9 with three extra-base hits in the first two games of the year. Both of the 23-year-old's home runs on Tuesday came off Nationals ace Max Scherzer. It shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as Acuna was the first player off the board in most fantasy drafts this spring. He should be in fantasy lineups on a daily basis as one of the best all-around position players in baseball.

    Apr 7 · RotoBaller Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Tyler Matzek Finally Delivering On Potential?

    Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Tyler Matzek, a first-round pick way back in 2009, was out of baseball in 2019 but resurfaced with Atlanta last year and made his first Opening Day roster in six years in 2021. The left-hander pitched twice against the Philadelphia Phillies in the team's opening series, and he touched 100.2 mph during a strikeout of Alec Bohm. Since 2018, only eight southpaws have touched 100 mph. Matzek has also increased his curveball velocity from 79.1 to 82.5 mph and his slider velocity from 82.9 to 86.1 mph. He's throwing harder and hasn't lost any vertical break on his pitches, which is significant. The 30-year-old must throw strikes to be effective, but this is an intriguing arm that could have value in holds/saves leagues this year.

    Apr 7 · RotoBaller Braves Tyler Matzek
  • Max Fried Leaves Early Wednesday With Injury

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried (calf) left his start on Wednesday against the Washington Nationals early after he was hit in the right calf by a comebacker in the second inning in the first game of a doubleheader. The left-hander allowed five earned runs and eight hits in just over two innings, so it was a bad day all around for Fried. He didn't allow more than five hits in any of his 11 starts last season, another indication of how bad his start on Wednesday actually was. Fried produced a no-decision in his first outing of the year on Opening Day last week against the Philadelphia Phillies and never was able to get comfortable, allowing two earned runs and six hits while striking out eight and walking two in five innings. It hasn't been the start that Fried or his fantasy managers envisioned, but it's still early. Check back for updates on the seriousness of his leg injury.

    Apr 7 · RotoBaller Braves Max Fried
  • Marcell Ozuna Just 2-For-14 With Seven Strikeouts

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna is off to a rough start to the 2021 season. Through four games, he's gone 2-for-14 with two walks and seven strikeouts. He's yet to record a run or an RBI and he doesn't have any extra-base hits. Ozuna can be a bit of a streaky hitter. Fantasy managers shouldn't be worried at all at this point. Last year, Ozuna was an absolute stud, slashing .338/.431/.636 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI over 60 games. Look for him to get back on track soon.

    Apr 7 · RotoBaller Braves Marcell Ozuna
  • Freddie Freeman Smacks Solo Shot On Tuesday

    Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Tuesday's 6-5 loss to the Washington Nationals. It was nice to see a pulse at the plate, as Freeman was 0-for-9 during the Braves opening series. Despite the slow start, the 2020 NL MVP remains one of the best hitters in the game. Expect Freeman, and the rest of the Braves lineup, to produce at a higher level in the near future.

    Apr 6 · RotoBaller Braves Freddie Freeman
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Blasts Two Homers On Tuesday

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. was 2-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI during Tuesday's 6-5 loss to the Washington Nationals. Both home runs came against Nationals ace Max Scherzer. Acuna had a quiet series against the Phillies, but it is safe to say the 23-year-old has broken out. Expect Acuna to finish the 2021 season as one of the most valuable fantasy players in all of baseball.

    Apr 6 · RotoBaller Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Ozzie Albies Remains Hitless On Tuesday

    Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies continued his early season struggles on Tuesday, as he finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the loss to Washington. Albies has now opened the year 0-for-16 with three strikeouts through his first four games a stark contrast to his solid Spring Training in which he slashed .262/.354/.500 with three home runs and two steals in 17 games. Managers shouldn't be too concerned, as Albies should bounce back soon and start to show why he has been one of the top second basemen in fantasy.

    Apr 6 · RotoBaller Braves Ozzie Albies
  • Ehire Adrianza Placed On Restricted List

    Atlanta Braves infielder Ehire Adrianza had to leave the team for a personal reason and has been placed on the restricted list. He can return to the team after he goes through the league's COVID-19 intake protocols. Adrianza made the team's Opening Day roster after he swung a hot bat in spring training, but he's received just one at-bat to open the season. The 31-year-old is a super-utility type that is mostly useful in real life to the Braves for his glove and positional flexibility, so Adrianza shouldn't be rostered in the vast majority of fantasy leagues as bench depth.

    Apr 6 · RotoBaller Braves Ehire Adrianza
  • Freddie Freeman Hitless Through Opening Series

    Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman had a rough opening series against the Philadelphia Phillies. He went 0-for-9 as the Phillies completed a three-game sweep. On the bright side, he walked three times and only struck out once. Freeman is one of the game's best overall hitters and he's locked into the three-spot in one of the league's most potent lineups. Last year, Freeman slashed .341/.462/.640 with 13 home runs, 53 RBI and 51 runs over 60 games. Look for him to get back on track soon. The Braves will begin their second series against Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals on Tuesday.

    Apr 6 · RotoBaller Braves Freddie Freeman
  • Nationals To Open Season On Tuesday Against Braves

    The Washington Nationals will open up their 2021 season on Tuesday against the Atlanta Braves. It will be a home game, scheduled for 4:05 EST. The Nationals were unable to play their opening series against the New York Mets this past weekend after four players on the team tested positive for COVID-19. On Sunday night, the MLB announced that all of the Nationals' COVID-19 tests came back negative. Max Scherzer will be on the mound for the Nationals on Tuesday. Make sure to get all key Nationals into your weekly lineups before lineups lock on Monday.

    Apr 5 · RotoBaller Nationals Braves
  • Nationals-Braves Series Opener Postponed

    The Washington Nationals will have to wait yet another day to start their season, as Monday's scheduled series opener with the Atlanta Braves has been postponed, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. The Nationals have been dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak, and have four players who tested positive and five more who are in quarantine as close contacts. Rosenthal says that the teams are aiming to play on Tuesday, but after how this weekend went, managers should be wary about starting any Nationals or Braves players over the next few days.

    Apr 4 · RotoBaller Nationals Braves
  • Chris Martin Exits Sunday's Game Early

    Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Chris Martin recorded just two outs in the eighth inning before exiting the game after he said he felt something in his fingers, according to The Athletic's David O'Brien. Martin is one of the top, late-inning relievers in Atlanta's bullpen, and he is coming off a strong Spring Training in which he struck out six of the nine batters he faced in three perfect innings of work. He figured to be the next guy in line for save opportunities behind Will Smith, and is a valuable, high-strikeout reliever in SV/HLD leagues. Manager Brian Snitker said he has not heard any update from the trainers on the condition of Martin, but it is not looking good at the moment for him.

    Apr 4 · RotoBaller Braves Chris Martin
  • Braves Hire Devon Travis As Minor League Coach

    Apr 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Braves Devon Travis
  • Charlie Morton Strikes Out Five In First Start

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton had a solid outing in Saturday's 4-0 loss to the Phillies. Morton pitched five innings, allowing six hits, three runs, and a pair of walks while striking out five batters. The veteran right-hander was charged with the loss, though he didn't exactly get a ton of help from the Braves' quiet bats. Morton had good juice on his heater, averaging 94.8 MPH- touching 96 at one point- and generated 12 swings-and-misses, including six on his fastball. Morton will get a chance for redemption in his next start against the Phillies, lined up for April 9.

    Apr 4 · RotoBaller Braves Charlie Morton