Sunday was a hot mess. Let’s hope Monday is better for the Braves as Charlie Morton gets the start.
The Braves and the Cubs are set to do baseball battle over the next four days, and the two teams have played through somewhat similar experiences over their most recent pair of games. Mainly, they both will be heading into tonight’s game on a two-game losing streak and they both scored a grand total of zero runs while combining for five hits on Sunday. Well, someone’s got to score and someone’s got to win tonight.
Interestingly enough, this is one of those weird scheduling quirks where a pair of teams gets their season series out of the way within the first month of the season. As of right now, the Braves have the 2-1 season series lead on the Cubs at the moment and one of those wins came at the expense of Chicago’s starter for tonight’s game: Zach Davies.
In that game back on the 16th, the Braves ran him from the game by the end of the fourth inning. By that point in the game, Atlanta had hit him up for seven hits, three walks, and four runs — all of which were earned. That start actually served as an improvement for Davies, after the Pirates chased him from his start on the 10th with just 1.2 innings under his belt in that one. While Zach Davies did only allow two runs over four innings in his most recent outing, he’s still been having a pretty rough go of it so far in 2021.
I’m sure that we’re all hoping that Atlanta’s lineup can find what they had on April 16 against Zach Davies and at least repeat that performance and maybe even top it as well. At this point, a repeat performance of four runs against Davies would qualify as an offensive explosion following Sunday’s dud of a doubleheader. Still, it seems like this is a prime chance for the Braves lineup to have a bit of a bounce-back and wipe the bad memories from Sunday completely out of their collective mind.
On the other side of things, Charlie Morton will be making his fifth start of the season and there’s a bit of an unfortunate pattern emerging. On his first start of the season, he went five innings and gave up three runs. The next start, he went six and only gave up one run. After that, he tossed another six innings but surrendered five runs in the process. Then on his next outing, he threw six more innings and only gave up a single run. So he’s been alternating good starts with bad starts over his first four starts. Obviously, we’re all rooting for the pattern to be broken and for Morton to string together two really good starts for the first time this season. Again, there’s nowhere for this rotation to go but up after what happened on Sunday, so Charlie Morton will have a golden chance to right the ship for the Braves in more ways than one.
Both of these teams are going to have redemption on the mind when they take the field this evening. The Cubs had a good week going for a while as they swept the Mets and then took the first game of their series with the Brewers — only to drop the next two games to end that week on a sour note. The Braves just haven’t been able to really get things rolling so far in April, and they’re really fortunate to be in a division where their rivals are all starting in similar fashion.
With that being said, it’s common for teams to have a slow go of things in April before getting on a roll as the rest of the season progresses and maybe that’ll be the case for this year’s Atlanta Braves. They have nowhere else to go but up after that nightmarish doubleheader from yesterday and maybe today is the day when things really start turning around for the Braves. All we can do is hope for the best!
Game Date/Time: Monday, April 26, 7:20 PM ET
Location: Truist Park, Atlanta, Georgia
TV: Bally Sports South, ESPN (out-of-market only)
Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM The Fan, WNNX 100.5, Braves Radio Network