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  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Hits Two Homers

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. led the way offensively Tuesday in an 8-2 win over the Washington Nationals, going 2-for-5 with two solo home runs. He now has 15 for the year. It's been a down year for the right fielder, who has a .781 OPS in 113 games this season, a number which sits well below his career .892 mark. Still, Acuna Jr. has racked up 69 runs scored, 49 RBI, and 28 steals in 507 plate appearances. Those numbers will play, even if they don't live up to the first-round price tag for fantasy managers.

    Sep 28 · Source via Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Kyle Muller Recalled To Start Tuesday

    The Atlanta Braves recalled left-hander Kyle Muller from Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday and optioned right-hander Alan Rangel to Gwinnett in a corresponding move. Muller will make the start on Tuesday against the Washington Nationals. The 24-year-old southpaw will be making only his third start of the year for Atlanta and only his 12th major-league appearance in the last two seasons. In his two previous starts this year, he allowed nine earned runs on seven hits (one homer) while walking seven and striking out eight in 7 2/3 innings against the Texas Rangers and Miami Marlins. Muller does have strikeout upside, with 159 K's in 134 2/3 innings in the minors in 2022, but he'll be a risky fantasy streamer, even against the Nats.

    Sep 27 · Source via Braves Kyle Muller
  • Matt Olson Hits 29th Homer Of Season Monday

    Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Olson went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run, three RBI, a walk, and a strikeout in Monday's 8-0 win over the Nationals. Olson crushed a fourth-inning Cory Abbott offering off the right-field foul pole for his 29th long ball of the season. The 28-year-old has provided more-or-less the production fantasy managers had expected in his first season with his new team, slashing .234/.319/.456 with 95 RBI. It will be interesting to see where he falls in fantasy drafts next season, for while he offers a great deal of power, there are other options at the position with just as much power and higher batting average upside.

    Sep 27 · Source via Braves Matt Olson
  • Bryce Elder Tosses Complete-Game Shutout Monday

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Bryce Elder had a fabulous start in Monday's 8-0 win over the Nationals. The 23-year-old rookie pitched a complete-game shutout, allowing six hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Elder is one of the Braves' top prospects and has made nine appearances (eight starts) throughout the season, compiling a 2-3 record with a 2.76 ERA, 7.71 K/9 rate, and 4.04 BB/9 rate. He should get one more start against the Mets with Spencer Strider (oblique) on the injured list. While it has been exciting for fantasy managers in dynasty leagues to see Elder, they should not trust him in his tough final matchup this season.

    Sep 27 · Source via Braves Bryce Elder prospects
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Returns To Starting Lineup Monday

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (back) is back in right field and is hitting leadoff on Monday against the Washington Nationals and right-hander Cory Abbott. Acuna hadn't started the team's previous four games due to mid-back tightness, but he had two at-bats as a pinch-hitter on Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies and is now back in there for fantasy managers to begin the week. Get the 24-year-old All-Star back into all starting lineups in season-long leagues. In 19 games so far in September, he's gone 20-for-76 (.263) with two home runs, 11 RBI, nine runs scored and three stolen bases. The fact that he's back in right field means that his back issues are hopefully a thing of the past.

    Sep 26 · Source via Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Bryce Elder Starting On Monday

    Atlanta Braves rookie right-hander Bryce Elder will make the start on Monday for the start of a three-game series against the Washington Nationals. Elder is fully expected to finish the regular season in the team's starting rotation with Spencer Strider (oblique) on the injured list. The 23-year-old will be pitching in just his ninth major-league game on Monday (eight starts). So far, he's gone 1-3 with a 3.38 ERA (4.09 FIP), a 1.32 WHIP and a 36:21 K:BB in 40 innings pitched. He'll be a decent streaming option in fantasy on Monday against a Nationals team that he limited to an earned run on four hits while walking two and striking out six in 5 2/3 frames in his most recent start on Sept. 21.

    Sep 26 · Source via Braves Bryce Elder prospects
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Appears As Pinch-Hitter Sunday

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (back) went 1-for-1 with an RBI, run scored and a walk in two plate appearances as a pinch-hitter off the bench in Sunday's 8-7 extra-inning win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The 24-year-old has been dealing with mid-back tightness and hasn't started a game for the Braves since Sept. 21, but the fact that he entered the game on Sunday and got two at-bats is a good sign that he might be able to return on Monday for the start of a series against the Washington Nationals. He's been in and out of the lineup at times this year due to various injuries. Acuna is hitting .263 (20-for-76) with two home runs, 11 RBI, nine runs scored and three stolen bases in 19 games in September.

    Sep 26 · Source via Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Jake Odorizzi Torched By Phillies Friday

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi had a start to forget on Friday night against the Philadelphia Phillies, as he surrendered eight earned runs on 10 hits (one homer) while walking three and striking out six in four innings in the 9-1 loss. It was his worst performance since being acquired from the Houston Astros at the trade deadline, and he's now gone 1-3 with a 5.97 ERA (5.31 FIP), a 1.62 WHIP, 33 strikeouts and 14 walks in 37 2/3 innings and eight starts with Atlanta. In three starts in September, Odorizzi has allowed 13 earned runs on 17 hits (two homers) while walking seven and striking out 14. Despite his disappointing performances with the Braves so far, the 32-year-old veteran right-hander should remain in the starting rotation the rest of the way.

    Sep 24 · Source via Braves Jake Odorizzi
  • Braves Place Spencer Strider On The Injured List

    The Atlanta Braves placed right-hander Spencer Strider (oblique) on the 15-day injured list on Saturday with strained left oblique and optioned infielder Rylan Bannon to Triple-A Gwinnett. In corresponding moves, the team reinstated infielder Ehire Adrianza (quadriceps) from the 10-day injured list and recalled right-hander Alan Rangel. Strider's IL stint is backdated to Sept. 21. The 23-year-old will miss the rest of the regular season, which is terrible news for fantasy managers, as Strider has been excellent in his second MLB season. Strider will finish 11-5 with a 2.67 ERA (1.83 FIP), a 0.99 WHIP and 202 strikeouts in 131 2/3 innings over 31 outings (20 starts). Bryce Elder is the leading candidate to take his spot in the rotation the rest of the regular season.

    Sep 24 · Source via Braves Spencer Strider
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Out On Friday

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (back) is not in the team's starting lineup on Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Acuna missed the game on Thursday with mid-back tightness and will now miss his second straight game. It remains to be seen if he'll be available at all this weekend against Philadelphia, but fantasy managers will be hoping that the All-Star outfielder will be able to return soon. Robbie Grossman is back in right field and is hitting ninth on Friday against Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola. The 33-year-old veteran slugger won't have much DFS upside in the nine-hole, and he's hitting just .210/.312/.313 on the season with seven home runs, 44 RBI, 39 runs scored and six stolen bases in 390 at-bats.

    Sep 23 · Source via Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Austin Riley Reaches Four Times Thursday

    Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley was the lone bright spot on offense for the team Thursday night, as they fell 1-0 to the Philadelphia Phillies. Riley reached base in all four of his plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with a double and a walk. There's no glaring weakness in Riley's game at this point, as he's managed a .280/.351/.546 slash line with 37 homers, 85 runs scored, 92 RBI, and two stolen bases. He might just be the best player on an excellent team, and his fantasy value should remain high for years to come.

    Sep 23 · Source via Braves Austin Riley
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Iffy To Start Friday

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (back) was scratched ahead of Thursday's contest versus the Phillies and the club is "unsure" about his availability for Friday's matchup. The 24-year-old felt some mid-back tightness following batting practice, and manager Brian Snitker stated that something "banged on him" after hitting in the cage afterwards. It's a situation to monitor for fantasy managers heading into the weekend, so be sure to check back for an update prior to tomorrow's game.

    Sep 22 · Source via Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Mike Soroka Shut Down For 2022 Season With Elbow Soreness

    Mike Soroka’s return to MLB will not be in 2022, with the Braves placing the starter on the minor league injured list with right elbow soreness, as reported by Justin Toscano of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Manager Brian Snitker told reporters (including David O’Brien of the Athletic) there’s not structural damage, but Soroka will nevertheless be…

    Sep 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Braves Mike Soroka
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Scratched With Back Tightness Thursday

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (back) was scratched from the starting lineup on Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies with mid-back tightness. Until we know more about Acuna's condition, fantasy managers should consider him day-to-day. Robbie Grossman is moving to right field and will bat ninth, while Marcell Ozuna is now starting in left field and hitting eighth against Phillies left-hander Ranger Suarez. Hopefully, Ozuna's injury isn't serious enough to keep him out for the remainder of the 2022 regular season as the Braves try to take the National League East division from the New York Mets. Stay tuned for more information on Acuna's injury later on Thursday night or early Friday.

    Sep 22 · Source via Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Mike Soroka Lands On Injured List In Minors

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Soroka (elbow) is being placed on the injured list in the minor leagues at Triple-A Gwinnett with right elbow soreness, according to a source. The good news is that there is no structural damage in his arm, but he'll now miss the rest of the season. The 25-year-old had yet to pitch in 2022 while recovering from a torn Achilles, but he was hoping to return later this month in a relief role for Atlanta. Soroka hasn't made a major-league start since 2020, but he was an All-Star in 2019 in just his second MLB campaign. In six starts for High-A Rome and Gwinnett on his rehab assignment, he allowed 15 earned runs on 21 hits (three homers) while walking seven and striking out 25 in 25 innings pitched.

    Sep 22 · Source via Braves Mike Soroka
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Collects Two Hits Wednesday

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. recorded two hits in five at-bats on Wednesday when his team lost to the Washington Nationals 3-2. He singled twice, scored once, and had an RBI. After missing almost the first month of the year, Acuna Jr. has been a bit disappointing over 110 games, posting a .270/.356/.416 slash line with 13 HRs, 66 runs, 46 RBI, and 28 stolen bases. Those marks are still good for fantasy managers, but the home run shortage isn't something they were expecting after smashing 24 in 84 games season a year ago. Nonetheless, Acuna Jr.'s a superstar that needs to start every day.

    Sep 21 · Source via Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Braves Outright Jay Jackson

    In an unsurprising move, Atlanta Braves’ relief pitcher Jay Jackson has passed through waivers unclaimed, as reported in MLB’s Transactions Log. Jackson was not on the active roster prior to his DFA, but was on the Braves’ 40-man while with Gwinnett. An early offseason addition for the defending champs, the 34-year-old Jackson was DFA'd by…

    Sep 21 · MLB Trade Rumors Braves Jay Jackson closers
  • Charlie Morton Earns Ninth Win Of Season Tuesday

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton helped clinch the team's fifth straight playoff appearance in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Nationals. Morton pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits and three walks with nine strikeouts. The veteran has had a frustrating season, going 9-6 with a 4.09 ERA and a 10.82 K/9 rate over 29 starts and 163 IP. Morton has allowed four runs in two of his September starts and one each in his other two. His next matchup will be a tough one at the Phillies. Fantasy managers can hope they get the good version of Morton, but with so much on the line they could also play it safe and sit him if they have other strong pitching options.

    Sep 21 · Source via Braves Charlie Morton
  • Spencer Strider Dealing With Sore Oblique

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Spencer Strider (oblique) is dealing with a sore oblique and will have his next start pushed back a few days. As a result, Bryce Elder will get the nod on Wednesday against the Washington Nationals, and left-hander Max Fried will face the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday. Strider was originally lined up to make his next start on Friday against the Phillies, but now it looks like he won't take the mound until early next week against the Nationals. The 23-year-old Strider has been a revelation for the Braves rotation this year, going 11-5 with a 2.67 ERA (1.83 FIP), a 0.99 WHIP, 202 strikeouts and 45 walks in 131 2/3 innings over 31 outings (20 starts). He'll be a must-start for fantasy managers next time he's out there.

    Sep 20 · Source via Braves Spencer Strider
  • Matt Olson Doubles During Two-Hit Day

    Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Olson broke out of a slump in the 5-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Monday by going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Olson entered Monday's game hitting just .074 (4-for-54) with a home run, four RBI, six runs scored and 20 strikeouts in 15 games in the month of September, so his two-hit day was a welcomed sight for his fantasy managers. Overall, the 28-year-old left-handed slugger is slashing .234/.319/.456 with 28 home runs, 91 RBI and 75 runs scored in 561 at-bats in his first year in Atlanta while trying to replace Freddie Freeman at first base. Olson's fantasy managers will be hoping he can get on a run over the final weeks of the regular season.

    Sep 20 · Source via Braves Matt Olson
  • Kenley Jansen Earns 35th Save Of Season Monday

    Atlanta Braves closer Kenley Jansen picked up his 35th save of the season in Monday's 5-2 win over the Nationals. The veteran came on to close things out with a three-run lead and did just that, delivering a 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout. The ERA has been a bit high at 3.70, but Jansen has still been a solid fantasy closing option, converting 35 of 42 save opportunities with an 11.73 K/9 rate. He should see plenty of action down the stretch with the Braves competing for their division.

    Sep 20 · Source via Braves Kenley Jansen closers
  • Spencer Strider Has Another Strong Outing Sunday

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Spencer Strider turned in another strong start on Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies. The right-hander struck out 10 batters in six innings while allowing three walks and a home run. The home run, which came via Phillies infielder Alec Bohm, was the only hit Strider surrendered. The rookie also generated 19 swinging strikes on 106 pitches and finished with a 34% CSW rate. For the season, the 23-year-old owns a 2.67 ERA and a 1.82 FIP in 131.2 innings of work. He's also added 202 strikeouts and has allowed 48 walks.

    Sep 19 · Source via Braves Spencer Strider
  • Robbie Grossman Not Starting Monday

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Robbie Grossman isn't in the team's starting lineup on Monday for a matchup with the Washington Nationals and right-hander Cory Abbott. The outfielder is batting .214 with a .317 on-base percentage, seven home runs and six stolen bases in 441 plate appearances this season. He'll head to the bench with Eddie Rosario stepping in as Atlanta's starting left fielder. Rosario is batting eighth on Monday. For the season, the veteran is hitting .201 with a .256 on-base percentage, four home runs and three stolen bases. Fantasy managers in search of streaming help in the outfield are probably better off looking elsewhere.

    Sep 19 · Source via Braves Robbie Grossman
  • Ozzie Albies Fractures Right Pinky Finger

    Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies (finger) left Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies with a fractured right pinky finger. He initially injured his finger sliding into second base. The 25-year-old was reinstated from the 60-day injured list on Friday. With three weeks left in the season, Albies will most likely be out for the remainder of the year. Vaughn Grissom replaced Albie during Saturday's contest. Grissom will see an uptick in playing time while Albies is sidelined and is a speculative add in most leagues after slashing .304/.355/.482 with five homers and five stolen bases over 31 games in 2022.

    Sep 17 · Source via Braves Ozzie Albies
  • Mike Soroka Has Rough Rehab Start Friday

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Soroka (Achilles) had a minor league rehab start to forget on Friday night with Triple-A Gwinnett. In five innings of work, he allowed six earned runs on six hits (three homers surrendered) while walking one and striking out six batters. Soroka hasn't pitched at all this year in the majors, but he's now made six rehab appearances between Gwinnett and High-A Rome, posting a 5.40 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 25:7 K:BB in 25 innings pitched. The 25-year-old got beat up on Friday, but he's healthy and is expected to rejoin the Braves here soon to close out the regular season. Soroka hasn't pitched since 2020 for Atlanta, though, so if he does return, it's likely to be in a relief role.

    Sep 17 · Source via Braves Mike Soroka
  • Braves Place Kirby Yates On Injured List

    The Braves announced that reliever Kirby Yates has been placed on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to September 13, due to inflammation in his throwing elbow. Righty William Woods was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to take his spot in the bullpen. Mark Bowman of MLB.com tweets that Yates experienced some discomfort while throwing this afternoon. An elbow…

    Sep 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Braves Kirby Yates closers
  • Kirby Yates Heads Back To Injured List

    Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Kirby Yates (elbow) was placed on the 15-day IL on Friday with right elbow inflammation. Tough news for the righty, who just came back from his second Tommy John surgery in August. In his nine appearances since his return, Yates has a 5.14 ERA and 1.57 WHIP with six strikeouts in seven innings. Yates has certainly gone through the ringer in regards to injuries, and it's hard to believe that he was a top end fantasy reliever just a few years ago.

    Sep 16 · Source via Braves Kirby Yates closers
  • Braves Reinstate Ozzie Albies From Injured List

    The Atlanta Braves reinstated second baseman Ozzie Albies (foot) from the 60-day injured list on Friday. In corresponding moves, the club designated right-hander Jay Jackson for assignment and placed infielder Ehire Adrianza (quadriceps) on the 10-day injured list with a strained left quadriceps. Albies is finally back with the Braves after having surgery on July 15 for a broken right foot. The 25-year-old hit .333 with a home run, six RBI and four runs scored in seven minor league rehab games, and he should return to the starting lineup on Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Albies will serve as the club's everyday second baseman in his return, pushing rookie Vaughn Grissom to more of a bench role.

    Sep 16 · Source via Braves Ozzie Albies
  • Ian Anderson Suffers Strained Oblique

    Atlanta Braves right-hander Ian Anderson (oblique) strained his left oblique while pitching for Triple-A Gwinnett on Sept. 8 and will be out at least a month. It basically rules out any chance that he could have returned to Atlanta's rotation for the end of the regular season and even possibly the postseason now. Anderson was demoted to the minors last month when the Braves acquired righty Jake Odorizzi from the Houston Astros at the trade deadline. The 24-year-old had a 5.00 ERA (4.25 FIP), 1.51 WHIP and 97 K's in 22 starts for the Braves before being demoted. In his four starts at Gwinnett he hasn't been any better, surrendering 13 earned runs on 25 hits while walking 10 and striking out 23 in 21 2/3 frames.

    Sep 14 · Source via Braves Ian Anderson
  • Travis d'Arnaud On The Bench Wednesday

    Atlanta Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud is on the bench for a Wednesday matchup with the San Francisco Giants and left-handed starting pitcher Carlos Rodon. The 33-year-old is enjoying a quality season at the plate for both Atlanta and fantasy managers, batting .269 with a .322 on-base percentage and 17 home runs in 369 plate appearances. He'll head to the bench with William Contreras starting behind the plate and batting fifth. Contreras has logged 304 plate appearances for Atlanta in 2022, hitting .268 with a .342 on-base percentage, 17 home runs, and a pair of stolen bases.

    Sep 14 · Source via Braves Travis d'Arnaud
  • Raisel Iglesias Earns Ninth Hold

    Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Raisel Iglesias earned his ninth hold of the season Tuesday night, delivering a perfect inning of work with one strikeout against the San Francisco Giants. While his fantasy value has declined significantly since being traded from the Los Angeles Angels, Iglesias's performance has maintained. He has a 0.54 ERA and 0.72 WHIP with 20 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings for Atlanta. Those numbers make him worth rostering in most fantasy formats regardless of the lack of save opportunities, and he's possibly the best holds option available for fantasy managers in leagues that count the category.

    Sep 14 · Source via Braves Raisel Iglesias closers
  • Kyle Wright Earns 18th Victory

    Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kyle Wright got yet another win Tuesday night, his 18th of the season, in a 5-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Wright lasted 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits and three walks while striking out four batters. He has a 3.18 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with 158 strikeouts in 164 innings this season. Wright has been a very steady fantasy presence all year for those who picked him up off the wire, and he's in position to continue racking up wins as the Braves push for a division title.

    Sep 14 · Source via Braves Kyle Wright
  • Dansby Swanson Reaches 20 Homers

    Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson hit his 20th home run of the season Tuesday, a two-run shot off of San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jake Junis to help the team to a 5-1 victory. Swanson went 2-for-5 in the game with three RBI. This is the second consecutive season that Swanson has reached this plateau, and with 17 steals to go along with the power numbers, he's been an excellent fantasy option. His production was better to start the season, but being firmly entrenched in the top third of the Atlanta lineup will keep his fantasy value high.

    Sep 14 · Source via Braves Dansby Swanson
  • Ozzie Albies Collects Five Hits In Tuesday's Rehab Game

    Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies (foot) had a huge game at the plate in Tuesday's 5-4 win with Triple-A Gwinnett, going 5-for-5 with four singles, a walk-off solo home run, and three RBI. The 25-year-old has now played six rehab games at Triple-A and is hitting .348. It looks as though Albies is ready to go, so hopefully, he will be back with the Braves and fantasy managers soon. Albies slashed .244/.289/.405 with eight HR, 33 RBI, and three stolen bases before landing on the injured list. Fantasy managers should continue to look for updates on Albies' potential recall.

    Sep 14 · Source via Braves Ozzie Albies
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