Atlanta Braves

NL East

Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb left Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies after taking a 102 MPH line drive off of the bat of J.T. Realmuto to the back of the head. He left the field under his own power but was replaced in the game by Touki Toussaint. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It sounds as if Newcomb avoided serious injury, but he will surely be evaluated over the next 24 hours or so for signs of a concussion after taking such a forceful hit to the head. Look for an update on his status in the next few days.

Category: Injury Updates

Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Friday's win over the Phillies. The homer was his 10th of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Donaldson is still hitting just .235 on the year, but the Braves are being patient with the veteran third baseman and continue to plug him into the cleanup spot in the lineup.

Category: Game Recaps

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two RBIs in Friday's win over the Phillies. The homer was his 19th of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Freeman has been absolutely locked in at the plate in the first half of the season, hitting .312 with 19 home runs, 50 runs scored, 48 RBIs, and a stolen base as he continues to be one of the more valuable players in fantasy.

Category: Game Recaps

Braves starter Max Fried allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks over 4 2/3 innings while striking out four in a no-decision on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Fried was not particularly sharp in this one but was bailed out by a Philadelphia bullpen implosion late in the game. He is scheduled to take on the Mets in his next start, though it is worth noting that Sean Newcomb is starting for the Braves on Saturday and Dallas Keuchel will be added to the fold soon, making for a crowded Atlanta rotation. If Newcomb continues to pitch well and Fried continues to struggle, it's possible that the former could overtake the latter for a spot in the Atlanta rotation.

Category: Game Recaps

Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs, and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Pirates.

Fantasy Impact: Albies has been on a tear at the plate over the last week, slugging .962 with three home runs, seven RBIs, and a stolen base. He has been hitting near the bottom of the lineup lately but hit sixth on Thursday and could force additional movement if he continues to produce at anywhere close to this rate going forward.

Category: Game Recaps

Braves reliever Luke Jackson allowed one unearned run on two hits while earning his 10th save of the season in Thursday's win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Fantasy Impact: Jackson still appears to be the closer of favor in Atlanta despite some recent struggles, but he certainly does not have a firm grasp on the role. He is now 10-for-15 in save chances on the year.

Category: Game Recaps

Braves starter Julio Teheran allowed one earned run on three hits and three walks while striking out two over six innings in Thursday’s win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The win brings him to 5-4 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Teheran has been on an incredible run for the Braves and now has his ERA down to 2.92 after allowing just four earned runs over his last seven starts combined. However, his peripherals indicate that his numbers should be much closer to last year’s ERA of 3.94. His .231 BABIP indicates some good luck, but he does make some of his own luck due to his 40.6% ground ball rate. His numbers will likely level out as the season goes on, but he has been a solid starter for fantasy owners for a month now. His next start is scheduled to come against the New York Mets at home.

Category: Game Recaps

Austin Riley is out of the lineup for the Braves' game against the Pirates on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: This is reportedly just a day off, and not related to Riley's hand/wrist issue. He should be back in the lineup tomorrow.

Braves starter Mike Soroka allowed five earned runs on 10 hits and one walk while striking out three over five innings in a no-decision against the Pirates on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Soroka allowed a home on Wednesday, something he has managed to avoid for much of the season. He has been pitching like an ace in the first half and still has a 1.92 ERA despite Wednesday’s performance, but his underlying metrics foreshadow some regression. He is still a must-start option in all leagues but will likely not continue to operate under the 2.00 ERA line.

Category: Game Recaps

Braves reliever Anthony Swarzak allowed one hit and recorded one out to earn the save in Tuesday's rain-shortened win over the Pirates on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: While Swarzak appeared in the eighth inning on Tuesday, he ended up with the save since the game never made it to the ninth inning. With the Braves having so much trouble with the back end of their bullpen this season, it is possible that Swarzak could work his way into the mix for more save opportunities.

Category: Game Recaps

Braves outfielder Nick Markakis went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and two walks in Tuesday's win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The homer was his sixth of the season and second in as many days.

Fantasy Impact: Markakis, like many other Braves hitters, appears to be getting hot. He is now hitting .278 with six home runs, 41 runs scored, and 34 RBIs on the year.

Category: Game Recaps

Braves catcher Brian McCann went 2-for-4 with two home runs, four RBIs, and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Pirates. The homers were his fourth and fifth of the season.

Fantasy Impact: McCann continues to have a strong season for the Braves but does not play enough to be started in weekly leagues as he has appeared in just 33 games on the year.

Category: Game Recaps

Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz allowed four earned runs on five hits and four walks while striking out five over five innings in a no-decision against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Foltynewicz continues to have trouble finding consistent success as he has tossed three quality starts in his last five outings but has allowed a combined nine earned runs in the other two starts. His ERA is now at 6.02 on the season and should probably be benched for his next start against the Phillies at home in leagues with deeper benches that allow owners to be patient.

Category: Game Recaps

The Braves have recalled A.J. Minter from Triple-A Gwinnett. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Minter posted a 9.82 ERA this year before getting demoted in early May. He was much better in Triple-A, posting a 15/2 K/BB ratio in 10 2/3 innings. If he pitches well early on it's possible he could still see save chances this year.

Category: Transactions

Gausman was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gausman was pulled from Monday's game after allowing four runs (two earned) over 2.1 innings against the Pirates. This foot injury may partially explain his early exit. The Braves recalled A.J. Minter in a corresponding move.

Category: Injury Updates

Dallas Keuchel pitched for Low-A Rome on Monday, striking out nine while allowing just one hit over seven scoreless innings. (Source: Mark Bowman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Keuchel needed just 77 pitches to get through the outing. It's an impressive start to his tenure with the Brave, even though he was facing hitters in Low-A. Keuchel will probably pitch next in Triple-A, and could join the Atlanta rotation after that.

Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. went 1-for-5 with a grand slam in Monday's win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The homer was his 15th of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Acuna has now homered in two straight games and four times over his last six. He has seven RBIs over the last two days and 10 over the last four despite hitting out of the leadoff spot in the Atlanta lineup.

Category: Game Recaps

Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a double in Wednesday's loss to the Pirates. The homer was his 13th of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Swanson continues to have a breakout season in Atlanta while batting in the two-hole between Acuna and Freeman. Through 61 games, he is batting .270 with 13 home runs, six stolen bases, 34 runs scored, and 43 RBIs.

Category: Game Recaps

The Seattle Mariners have acquired relievers Arodys Vizcaino and Jesse Biddle in exchange for Anthony Swarzak. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Vizcaino is out for the season after undergoing labrum surgery in April. He'll continue his rehab with the Mariners and could wind up re-signing with them if they build a good rapport.

Category: Transactions

Braves catcher Tyler Flowers went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run in Friday's win over the Milwaukee Brewers. The win was his fourth of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Flowers is batting .293 for the Braves this season but is splitting time fairly evenly with Brian McCann, limiting the fantasy appeal of both.

Category: Game Recaps