Much was made about the Braves not getting a bigger bat for right field than Nick Markakis or for the catching spot than Brian McCann and Tyler Flowers. Between a huge improvement from Dansby Swanson so far, Nick essentially repeating his performance from 2018, Ronald Acuna doing his best Hank Aaron impression, and Ozzie Albies hitting like he did at the beginning of last year, there’s nothing really wrong with the offense.
And for the first four inning, it looked like there may not be much wrong with the rotation. Julio Teheran was breezing through the Rockies lineup the first four innings, pitching clean frames. But in the 5th, he gave up 6 runs, forcing Luke Jackson into the game. So the line for Julio Teheran was quite abysmal: 5 IP, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 H, 6 K’s. But it was just the one inning that led to all the runs, so it continues to be difficult to make a determination on who 2019 Julio Teheran is. Same with Luke Jackson. After giving up 4 runs on Opening Day, he has gone 4.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K. I still don’t agree with him in high-leverage situations — I think he’s a perfectly fine long reliever in a good bullpen — but hey, it’s working right now.
And just like you’d expect with how the pen has performed to date, they pitched 4 scoreless innings in Denver, Colorado with A.J. Minter earning the save.
On the farm, Kolby Allard pitched 5.2 scoreless innings. Max Fried vs. German Marquez tonight @ 8:40.