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October 22, 2021 Morning Edition: Braves News Roundup

This is your Braves Stats, News, Rumors, and Commentary Roundup for the Morning of October 22, 2021.

A Look at Braves Pitchers’ Velocity Metrics

Luke Jackson

He throws an above-average Fastball in velocity and he throws it on average 95.9 miles per hour. We are not able to compare his Four Seam Fastball to his Changeup because he does not feature both pitches in his repertoire. His Four Seam Fastball has a below average velocity difference from his Curveball, which is not very good as hitters looking for a Fastball could find a way to still make good timed contact with his Curveball given the lack of velocity difference. It is only a 11.8 MPH difference. He features a slider that generates above-average velocity on average, which is 87.6 miles per hour.

Jesse Chavez

His Fastball is below average in terms of velocity and he throws it on average 91.2 miles per hour. The lack of a meaningful change in velocities is a problem if Jesse Chavez wants to continue using a Changeup in his arsenal. The difference between his Fastball and Changeup is 6.5. We are not able to compare his Four Seam Fastball to his Curveball because he does not feature both pitches in his repertoire. He throws a softer slider than the average pitcher, his slider velocity is only 82.7 miles per hour.

Tyler Matzek

He throws an above-average Fastball in velocity and he throws it on average 96.1 miles per hour. We are not able to compare his Four Seam Fastball to his Changeup because he does not feature both pitches in his repertoire. His Four Seam Fastball has a below average velocity difference from his Curveball, which is not very good as hitters looking for a Fastball could find a way to still make good timed contact with his Curveball given the lack of velocity difference. It is only a 13.9 MPH difference. He features a slider that generates above-average velocity on average, which is 85.2 miles per hour.

Richard Rodriguez

His Fastball is below average in terms of velocity and he throws it on average 93.1 miles per hour. We are not able to compare his Four Seam Fastball to his Changeup because he does not feature both pitches in his repertoire. We are not able to compare his Four Seam Fastball to his Curveball because he does not feature both pitches in his repertoire. He throws a softer slider than the average pitcher, his slider velocity is only 81.4 miles per hour.

Max Fried

He throws an above-average Fastball in velocity and he throws it on average 93.9 miles per hour. The difference between his average Four Seam Fastball and Changeup in terms of velocity is 9.2. This is rather average for a MLB pitcher. His Four Seam Fastball has an above average velocity difference from his Curveball, which is helpful in the art of pitching. He features a slider that generates above-average velocity on average, which is 84.8 miles per hour.

Charlie Morton

He throws an above-average Fastball in velocity and he throws it on average 95.3 miles per hour. The difference between his average Four Seam Fastball and Changeup in terms of velocity is 8.9. This is rather average for a MLB pitcher. His Four Seam Fastball has an above average velocity difference from his Curveball, which is helpful in the art of pitching. He does not feature a slider or he does not throw it enough to qualify.

Will Smith

His Fastball is below average in terms of velocity and he throws it on average 92.8 miles per hour. We are not able to compare his Four Seam Fastball to his Changeup because he does not feature both pitches in his repertoire. His Four Seam Fastball has an above average velocity difference from his Curveball, which is helpful in the art of pitching. He throws a softer slider than the average pitcher, his slider velocity is only 82.2 miles per hour.

Ian Anderson

He throws an above-average Fastball in velocity and he throws it on average 94.6 miles per hour. The lack of a meaningful change in velocities is a problem if Ian Anderson wants to continue using a Changeup in his arsenal. The difference between his Fastball and Changeup is 6.5. His Four Seam Fastball has a below average velocity difference from his Curveball, which is not very good as hitters looking for a Fastball could find a way to still make good timed contact with his Curveball given the lack of velocity difference. It is only a 13.9 MPH difference. He does not feature a slider or he does not throw it enough to qualify.

Edgar Santana

He throws an above-average Fastball in velocity and he throws it on average 94.3 miles per hour. We are not able to compare his Four Seam Fastball to his Changeup because he does not feature both pitches in his repertoire. We are not able to compare his Four Seam Fastball to his Curveball because he does not feature both pitches in his repertoire. He features a slider that generates above-average velocity on average, which is 86.7 miles per hour.

Tucker Davidson

His Fastball is below average in terms of velocity and he throws it on average 93.0 miles per hour. The lack of a meaningful change in velocities is a problem if Tucker Davidson wants to continue using a Changeup in his arsenal. The difference between his Fastball and Changeup is 7.5. His Four Seam Fastball has a below average velocity difference from his Curveball, which is not very good as hitters looking for a Fastball could find a way to still make good timed contact with his Curveball given the lack of velocity difference. It is only a 14.2 MPH difference. He features a slider that generates above-average velocity on average, which is 86.9 miles per hour.

A.J. Minter

He throws an above-average Fastball in velocity and he throws it on average 96.1 miles per hour. The difference between his average Four Seam Fastball and Changeup in terms of velocity is 8.9. This is rather average for a MLB pitcher. We are not able to compare his Four Seam Fastball to his Curveball because he does not feature both pitches in his repertoire. He features a slider that generates above-average velocity on average, which is 89.0 miles per hour.

Chris Martin

He throws an above-average Fastball in velocity and he throws it on average 94.8 miles per hour. We are not able to compare his Four Seam Fastball to his Changeup because he does not feature both pitches in his repertoire. We are not able to compare his Four Seam Fastball to his Curveball because he does not feature both pitches in his repertoire. He throws a softer slider than the average pitcher, his slider velocity is only 83.5 miles per hour.

Huascar Ynoa

He throws an above-average Fastball in velocity and he throws it on average 96.5 miles per hour. The lack of a meaningful change in velocities is a problem if Huascar Ynoa wants to continue using a Changeup in his arsenal. The difference between his Fastball and Changeup is 8.0. We are not able to compare his Four Seam Fastball to his Curveball because he does not feature both pitches in his repertoire. He features a slider that generates above-average velocity on average, which is 85.1 miles per hour.

Kyle Muller

His Fastball is below average in terms of velocity and he throws it on average 93.4 miles per hour. The lack of a meaningful change in velocities is a problem if Kyle Muller wants to continue using a Changeup in his arsenal. The difference between his Fastball and Changeup is 5.3. His Four Seam Fastball has a below average velocity difference from his Curveball, which is not very good as hitters looking for a Fastball could find a way to still make good timed contact with his Curveball given the lack of velocity difference. It is only a 12.9 MPH difference. He features a slider that generates above-average velocity on average, which is 86.6 miles per hour.

Jacob Webb

He throws an above-average Fastball in velocity and he throws it on average 94.1 miles per hour. The difference between his average Four Seam Fastball and Changeup is 10.4, which is over 10 MPH and that is highly desired as the changeup is a more sudden change in velocity. We are not able to compare his Four Seam Fastball to his Curveball because he does not feature both pitches in his repertoire. He throws a softer slider than the average pitcher, his slider velocity is only 81.3 miles per hour.

Drew Smyly

His Fastball is below average in terms of velocity and he throws it on average 92.1 miles per hour. We are not able to compare his Four Seam Fastball to his Changeup because he does not feature both pitches in his repertoire. His Four Seam Fastball has a below average velocity difference from his Curveball, which is not very good as hitters looking for a Fastball could find a way to still make good timed contact with his Curveball given the lack of velocity difference. It is only a 13.2 MPH difference. He does not feature a slider or he does not throw it enough to qualify.

Touki Toussaint

His Fastball is below average in terms of velocity and he throws it on average 92.8 miles per hour. We are not able to compare his Four Seam Fastball to his Changeup because he does not feature both pitches in his repertoire. His Four Seam Fastball has an above average velocity difference from his Curveball, which is helpful in the art of pitching. He does not feature a slider or he does not throw it enough to qualify.

Sean Newcomb

He throws an above-average Fastball in velocity and he throws it on average 95.7 miles per hour. The lack of a meaningful change in velocities is a problem if Sean Newcomb wants to continue using a Changeup in his arsenal. The difference between his Fastball and Changeup is 6.3. His Four Seam Fastball has an above average velocity difference from his Curveball, which is helpful in the art of pitching. He features a slider that generates above-average velocity on average, which is 87.4 miles per hour.

Now onto the News, Rumors, and Commentary…

“Outfielder Jorge Soler has been cleared by the MLB Joint Health and Safety Committee to return to the Braves active roster, the club announced. He’s active for tonight’s NLCS Game 5, with Cristian Pache removed from the active roster in a corresponding move. Soler is not in the Braves’ starting lineup but will be available off…”

Above is the summary of: Braves Activate Jorge Soler… tap or click to check out the full article.

“ET (FOX or FS1) Sunday, October 24 Dodgers at Braves, Game 7*, 7:38 p.m. Full 2021 MLB Postseason Schedule American League Wild Card Tuesday, October 5 – Red Sox 6, Yankees 2 (Boston advances to the ALDS) National League Wild Card Wednesday, October 6 – Dodgers 3, Cardinals 1 (Los Angeles advances to the NLDS) Division Series (Best-of-five) Thursday, October 7 Game 1 – Astros 6, White Sox 1 Game 1 – Rays 5, Red Sox 0 Friday, October 8 Game 2 – Astros 9, White Sox 4 Game 1 – Brewers 2, Braves 1 Game 2 – Red Sox 14, Rays 6 Game 1 – Giants 4, Dodgers 0 Saturday, October 9 Game 2 – Braves 3, Brewers 0 Game 2 – Dodgers 9, Giants 2 Sunday, October 10 Game 3 – Red Sox 6, Rays 4 (13 innings) Game 3 – White Sox 12, Astros 6 Monday, October 11 Game 3 – Braves 3, Brewers 0 (ATL leads series 2-1) Astros at White Sox – Game 4* – RAINED OUT Game 4* – Red Sox 6, Rays 5 (Boston wins series 3-1) Game 3 – Giants 1, Dodgers 0 (San Francisco leads series 2-1) Tuesday, October 12 Game 4* – Astros 10, White Sox 1 (Astros advance to the ALCS) Game 4* – Braves 5, Brewers 4 (Atlanta advances to the NLCS) Game 4* – Dodgers 7, Giants 2 Thursday, October 14 Game 5* Dodgers 2, Giants 1 (Los Angles advances to the NLCS) League Championship Series (Best-of-seven) Friday, October 15 ALCS – Game 1 – Astros 5, Red Sox 4 Saturday, October 16 ALCS – Game 2 – Red Sox 9, Astros 5 (Series tied 1-1) NLCS – Game 1 – Braves 3, Dodgers 2 (Atlanta leads 1-0) Sunday, October 17 NLCS – Game 2 – Braves 5, Dodgers 4 (Atlanta leads 2-0) Monday, October 18 ALCS – Game 3 – Red Sox 12, Astros 3 (Boston leads 2-1) Tuesday, October 19 NLCS – Game 3, Dodgers 6, Braves 5 (Atlanta leads 2-1) ALCS – Game 4 Astros 9, Red Sox 2 (Series tied 2-2) Wednesday, October 20 ALCS – Game 5 – Astros 9, Red Sox 1 (Houston leads 3-2) NLCS – Game 4 – Braves 9, Dodgers 2 (Atlanta leads 3-1) Thursday, October 21 NLCS – Game 5 – Dodgers 11, Braves 2 Friday, October 22 Red Sox at Astros, Game 6*, 8:08 p.m. ET (TBS) Red Sox at Astros, Game 7*, 8:08 p.m. ET (FS1) Saturday, October 23 Dodgers at Braves, Game 6*, 5:08 p.m.”

Above is the summary of: 2021 MLB Postseason schedule, results… tap or click to check out the full article.

“But, Max Fried struggled to gain a steady rhythm, and left the game after just 4 2⁄3 innings pitched with eight hits and five earned runs, two of which were home runs. Braves News Brian Snitker on Jorge Soler’s return, Max Fried Tyler Matzek is beating the Yips and NL hitters Ian Anderson first inning issues Eddie Rosario returns to leadoff spot in Game 5, Freddie Freeman hitting third MLB News Houston Astros Rookie Luis Garcia will start Game 6 of the ALCS Lance McCullers Jr. The only two runs scored by Atlanta came in the very first inning after a two-run homer from Freddie Freeman. It quickly became a bullpen game after that, one in which the Braves’ pitchers did not triumph.”

Above is the summary of: The Daily Chop: Atlanta drops Game 5… tap or click to check out the full article.

“But that was before Chris Taylor became the first player to hit three home runs in a postseason game against the Braves. There’s reason for the Braves to feel good about sending Ian Anderson to the mound for Game 6 and then going with Charlie Morton for a potential Game 7. It marked the first time he allowed two home runs in an inning since Corey Seager and Justin Turner homered off him in the first frame of Game 6 of last year’s NLCS. But the script seemed to be going in a similar direction on Thursday night, when Max Fried stumbled and the Dodgers won despite getting only two outs from their opener in a bullpen game.”

Above is the summary of: Braves in ‘a great position’ despite G5 defeat… tap or click to check out the full article.

“If he doesn’t, and the Braves lose their grip on another 3-1 NLCS lead, then it’s possible that Freeman could play his final two games as a Brave this weekend. Freeman does not need Atlanta roots to understand the disappointing modern history of his adopted city’s sports scene, which took another gash last October when the Braves lost a 3-1 series lead to the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington. After debuting for Atlanta in 2010, Freeman watched the Braves fall from a playoff team that season to a 95-loss club half a decade later. “We’ve been so close,” Freeman said after the Braves fell on Thursday, 11-2, in Game 5 of this year’s rematch NLCS at Dodger Stadium.”

Above is the summary of: Final hurrah? Freeman driven to win with ATL… tap or click to check out the full article.

“Ian Anderson, SP Who are the starting pitchers? Dodgers: Max Scherzer (15-4, 2.46 ERA) dealt with “dead arm” during his last start in Game 2, which followed a relief appearance in Game 5 of the NL Division Series against the Giants. Here is a look at what you need to know for Game 6: What might the starting lineups look like? Dodgers: Los Angeles’ offense exploded for 11 runs in Game 5 and will look to carry that momentum into Game 6. The defending champion Dodgers will send a fully rested Max Scherzer to the mound to oppose Braves rookie Ian Anderson in Game 6 on Saturday. Three of his six starts have come against the Dodgers, who tallied two runs in three innings against him in Game 2.”

Above is the summary of: Dodgers vs. Braves G6 FAQ (Sat., 5 ET, TBS)… tap or click to check out the full article.

“After the Yankees won Game 5 at home to extend the series, it shifted back to Houston for Game 6, which was a bullpen game for both sides. But not only did Houston keep its season alive with a 4-3 win in Game 4, it won another 4-3 contest in Game 5 on a Carlos Correa walk-off home run before making history in Game 6. We’ll be treated to a new chapter in Game 6 history with two of them on tap this weekend, as the Red Sox and Astros meet for Game 6 of the ALCS at Minute Maid Park on Friday night and the Braves and Dodgers square off in Game 6 of the NLCS at Truist Park on Saturday. With the Astros and Braves looking to punch their tickets to the World Series, the Red Sox and Dodgers are just a win away from pushing the series to a decisive Game 7.”

Above is the summary of: The greatest LCS Game 6s of all time… tap or click to check out the full article.

“Pache was added when Soler tested positive a few hours before the Braves won Game 4 of the NL Division Series against the Brewers. Ynoa update The Braves are confident Huascar Ynoa isn’t dealing with a significant right shoulder injury, but they won’t know until the right-hander undergoes further tests. With Eddie Rosario, Adam Duvall and Joc Pederson all producing, Snitker certainly isn’t going to play Soler in place of one of those three outfielders during the NLCS. Top prospect Cristian Pache was removed from Atlanta’s NLCS roster to create a spot for Soler.”

Above is the summary of: Soler returns to roster ahead of Game 5… tap or click to check out the full article.

“The right-hander went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored in the Desert Dogs’ 10-5 win, boosting his average to .333 through six Fall League games. Bleday cashed in two runs in the top of the ninth with a single and scored the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk. The 22-year-old knocked a home run, two doubles, drove in five runs and scored three in a breakout performance. Yepez has totaled four extra-base hits in six games, showing off the over-the-fence and gap power that led him to hit careeer highs of 27 homers and 29 doubles in the regular season.”

Above is the summary of: No. 20 prospect tosses 4 scoreless innings… tap or click to check out the full article.

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Above is the summary of: Injuries & Moves: Pache off NLCS roster… tap or click to check out the full article.



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