The Atlanta Braves dropped the series finale on Sunday against the Miami Marlins by a score of 4-3.
It is time to look ahead for the week of May 23- May 29 and discuss the next series of games.
For the start of the week Atlanta faces the Philadelphia Phillies at home before heading to Miami to face the Marlins again.
It may be a stroke of luck the Braves do not face Phillies’ ace Aaron Nola, he’s given the Braves trouble in the 2021 season, but has not faced Atlanta this year. Instead, the Braves deal with Zack Wheeler on Monday before Kyle Gibson on Tuesday and Ranger Suarez on Wednesday. The series concludes on Thursday, but the starter is yet to be determined for Philly. This can be a winnable series for Atlanta because of the order in the rotation. Monday is Tucker Davidson, Max Fried, Charlie Morton and Kyle Wright.
Morton and Fried struggled to start the season, but their recent outings showed promise of a turnaround. It proved they can still be great pitchers, and that is encouraging when the bullpen is not amazing right now. Wright pitched horribly against Boston, but his last two starts saw 15 strikeouts in 11.1 innings pitched.
This is a pivotal series, so the Braves need everything rolling for this divisional match up.
The series against Miami over the weekend looks favorable too because it just won a series against the Marlins.
But Miami used Sandy Alcantara in the series finale on Sunday, and with the schedule, it is unlikely the Bravos see him again. Also, Pablo Lopez is scheduled for a start on Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays, so he may not pitch in the Atlanta weekend series.
The Braves won two of three in the last two series, so momentum may be on Atlanta’s side to do the same in some crucial divisional series.