Morton will try to right the ship on Saturday.
The Atlanta Braves will look to get back on a winning track Saturday when they continue their series against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Braves dropped their second straight game Friday night falling 13-5 as Drew Smyly and the bullpen allowed six home runs. Atlanta has now lost two straight and enter May with a 12-14 record. Despite the sub .500 mark, they remain just a game behind the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East standings.
Charlie Morton will make his sixth start of the season for the Braves and like a lot of his teammates, is trying to put it all together. Morton has looked dominant at times but one bad inning has skewed his end result.
Case in point, Morton breezed through the first two innings of his last start against the Cubs before things unraveled in a four-run third inning. Morton enters play Saturday with a 4.76 ERA but is also carrying a 3.46 xERA and a 3.41 FIP which are more indicative of how he has pitched.
Toronto lefty Travis Bergen will start what is expected to be a bullpen game for the Blue Jays. Bergen tossed a scoreless inning in his only appearance this season. The Blue Jays’ bullpen comes into Saturday’s game relatively fresh so they could mix and match depending on matchups.
Atlanta has struggled against left-handed pitching thus far in 2021 and dropped to 1-3 after Robbie Ray held them in check on Friday. Marcell Ozuna came into Friday’s game hitless against left-handed pitchers before he doubled in the seventh Friday night. Ozuna mashed left-handers in 2020 and it is a small sample size so far but further demonstrates how inconsistent the team has been so far.
First pitch Saturday from Dunedin is scheduled for 7:37 p.m. ET and can be seen on Bally Sports South
Game Date/Time: Saturday, May 1, 7:37 p.m. ET
Location: TD Ballpark, Dunedin, Florida
TV: Bally Sports South
Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM The Fan, @NNX 100.5, Braves Radio Network