The Atlanta Braves head on a road trip this upcoming week against the NL West.
The Braves travel to Arizona, then a four-game weekend series in Colorado. So, Monday through Wednesday is in AZ, and Thursday through Sunday in Colorado.
In a seven-game home stand, the Braves managed a 4-3 record against the Philadelphia Phillies and Miami Marlins.
In these games Atlanta got the bats going, especially those of Marcel Ozuna and Austin Riley as they went 7-for-28 and 11-for-28, respectively. The crucial thing for these two moving into the week is to limit the strikeouts as they combined for 20 K’s in those two series.
Monday’s game will be of interest because Spencer Strider starts against the Diamondbacks. Zac Gallen takes the hill Monday. This may be a tougher game for the Bravos as the Chapel Hill product has a 3-0 record and 2.22 ERA for Arizona. Tuesday and Wednesday line up to be Charlie Morton and Kyle Wright.
Ian Anderson figures to be the likely starter in the Thursday game at Coors Field. But after this the rotation is not decided because Tucker Davidson was sent to Triple-A Gwinnett. Max Fried sees another start in Colorado as well.
Another player to watch is Michael Harris II, one of Atlanta’s top outfield prospect. In the minors he hit .292 in three seasons with a .360 OBP and 46 stolen bases. While his major league career has not gone well at the plate, he’s made two great plays over the two games he played over the weekend.
If Atlanta plays as well as it did against Philly and Miami it could win another four out of seven, and perhaps more.
It is going to be an interesting week as the Braves try to chase down the Mets for the NL East crown.