In game update: the game started like a best against worst matchup with four straight hits from the braves to start the game with a 2-0 lead. However in the bottom of the first a z-play injury changed things when Harris and Rosario collided in centerfield so will both miss the entire two games to shuffle the Braves lineup.
Well, they overcame the injuries. Ronald Acuna went 6 for 6 with a homer, double, 2 steals and 4 runs scored in a 12-4 win.
The A's wasted a great start by Adrian Martinez who struck out 5 of the first 6 Braves. This would have only been a 4-1 loss to count as 2 games to 1, except that ace reliever Hogan Harris bobbled a grounder that would have ended the 8th. Instead Marcel Ozuna came up and hit a 3-run homer for a 7-1 win which counts as a 3-game sweep due to the ng up by 5+ runs after 8 innings. The Braves 6-game sweep makes them 38-22 with two series left meaning the 36-18 Dodgers must at least split with the Twins to stay in 1st. The two teams seem to have the two byes locked up regardless.
We’ve detoured from our Statis-Pro season due to some 14 hour work days, and some Value Add Basketball Game offseason breakthroughs. However, in the Field of Dreams State today for a Presidential Forum, we had time this morning to put the Braves up against their last relegated opponent, the Oakland A’s, in a series as they try to overcome the Dodgers for 1st place.
The two teams are also in the top two spots for byes in the
actual MLB season, but in reverse order. Here are the pitching matchups. Results to follow and we are listing the rest of the pitching matchups for our season below, as well as notes on some key player cards that can be added to teams or that we are not using due to 60-day DL or being out for the season.
Series 10 (series 11 and the final 12 listed further down)
Braves cards that can now be used
Kyle Wright’s card is back
Braves cards that cannot be used (60 day DL, gone for season
or left organization)
Michael Soroka Shut Down For Season
Dylan Lee – gone, out for season
Yonny Chirinos To 60-Day IL
A’s cards that can now be used
left-hander Sean Newcomb
Claimed Buddy Kennedy
Claimed Devin Sweet From Mariners
The A’s have claimed right-hander Spenser Watkins off
waivers from the Astros
Dany Jimenez was activated from the 60-day
A’s cards gone
Right Freddy Tarnok underwent surgery
Richard Lovelady was moved from the 15-day IL to the 60-day
Righty James Kaprielian was transferred from the 15-day to
the 60-day IL
Athletics right-hander James Kaprielian underwent successful
right shoulder arthroscopic surgery today with Dr.
Diamondbacks acquired infielder Jace Peterson and cash from
It doesn’t look like either team has had any big card
changes since the trade deadline. The bigger moves we see are Josh Donaldson
going via waivers from the Yankees to the Brewers, and in our game rules the
Marlins getting Sandy Alcantara for his last start since it was announced they
have not ruled out him pitching again this year after the UCL Sprain. If it is
announced a player it gone for the season then we stop using his card. The
other big moves by other teams are the Reds adding Harrison Bader from the
Yankees, the Marlins grabbing Dominic Leone from the Angels, and the Guardians
claiming three players from the Angels – Luis Giolito, Matt Moore and Reynaldo
Lopez. On a bad note, Julio Urias card is not being used due to his suspension for alleged domestic abuse.
Series 11 (No. 1 and No. 4 starters for last appearance)
Series 11.5 (No. 1 and 4 starters for 1st team listed, No. 2
and 3 for 2nd team listed)
Atl vs. SF (Spencer Strider and Kyle Wright vs. Alex Cobb
and Alex Wood)
Series 12 (No. 2 and 3 starters for both teams)
Ari vs. Atl (Merrill Kelly and Tommy Henry vs. Charlie
Morton and Max Fried)