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Drew Smyly pitched six innings against the Brewers Friday, allowing four hits, one run (earned), and one walk while striking out four batters. He earned the win and the quality start, his record is 2-2 on the year. He threw 98 pitches, 67 for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Smyly is pitching better after a dismal start to the season. If he can stay consistently good like tonight, the Braves might have a shot at repeating the NL East crown.

Category: Game Recaps


Austin Riley went 2-for-4 with two singles and two RBI in Friday's game against the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: Riley is slashing .289/.392/.397 thus far as has become one the team's most consistent hitters, also the most improved. His slugging is low but the damage will come.

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Marcell Ozuna went 2-for-3 with a solo homer in Friday's game against the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: Ozuna has hit safely in 14 of his last 17 games, he's being pretty quiet about it but his bat is fine now after a slow start to the season. His numbers are still low but they will catch up soon.

Category: Game Recaps


Ozzie Albies goes yard Friday

Sat, May 15th 12:27am EDT
By Steve Painter

Ozzie Albies went 1-for-5 with a solo homer against the Brewers Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Albies is only hitting .231 thus far but he has reached base in 17 straight games. He has been a real asset for the team hitting in the four-hole. His average will get more respectable soon enough.

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Braves OF Ronald Acuña Jr. (ankle) is absent from Friday's lineup against the Brewers. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: X-rays came back negative on Acuña's ankle but the team wants to give him some time to rest. Ehire Adrianza is playing right field and leading off in his absence.

Category: Injury Updates


Braves OF Ender Inciarte (hamstring) has been reinstated from the 10-day IL. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Inciarte missed a month with the injury. He'll be Atlanta's regular center fielder as Cristian Pache is currently dealing with a hamstring issue of his own.

Category: Injury Updates


Charlie Morton started and pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits, three runs (all earned), and two walks while striking out four batters. It was a no-decision for him. He threw 94 pitches, 57 for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Right now, the Braves have three decent starters: Huascar Ynoa, Ian Anderson, and Max Fried. They signed Charlie Morton and Drew Smyly to provide stability to a young rotation and so far, that hasn't worked out. They do have Bryse Wilson and Kyle Wright as fill-in starters, but neither has shown much consistency, good consistency. The Braves will be in serious trouble if Morton doesn't quickly come around.

Category: Game Recaps


Dansby Swanson went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Thursday's game against the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: The homer was great, his fifth of the year. But he also struck out three times, definitely not good there. The inconsistency has become consistent with most Braves hitters. That's a problem, hopefully, they get on track soon.

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Braves OF Christian Pache left Thursday's game early with hamstring tightness and is now out for at least 10 days. (Source: Mark Bowman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: OF Ender Inciarte has been recalled in a corresponding move and should see playing time in both CF and RF with fellow Braves OF Ronald Acuna Jr. (ankle) being day-to-day. Gadget player Ehire Adrianza should also see time in the OF if Acuna is unable to play Friday.

Category: Injury Updates


Max Fried, returning from the IL, pitched six innings against the Blue Jays Wednesday, allowing two hits, one run (earned), and three walks while striking out four batters. The game was a no-decision for him but he earned a quality start. He threw 89 pitches, 55 for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: You really can't ask for much better after coming off the IL, he pitched good enough to get a win but that didn't work out. The walks are the only complaint, but hopefully, he can tighten up a bit the next time out.

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William Contreras went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: The homer was a 361-foot no-doubter for him. Contreras is still getting used to playing every day in the bigs and seeing major-league pitching. He's a rookie, but he can hit. So he is fantasy relevant, just expect some bumps in the road as he continues to get acclimated to his new job.

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LHP Sean Newcomb has been recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett after they placed Grant Dayton on the injured list with left thigh inflammation. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Newcomb was sent down to the minors on May 5 when the Braves activated Max Fried so he wasn't down for long. He owns a poor 8.53 ERA and 2.05 WHIP in seven appearances (6 1/3 innings) this year but he does have 14 strikeouts. He doesn't hold much fantasy value at the moment.

Category: Transactions


Braves RHP Mike Soroka is undergoing exploratory surgery in his Achilles after experiencing discomfort. (Source: Mark Bowman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is brutal news for those who were hoping to have Soroka back soon. The right-hander recently underwent an MRI, which showed some reasons to be concerned. It's a wait-and-see game until we get more information.

Category: Injury Updates


The Braves optioned RHP Bryse Wilson to Triple-A Gwinnett. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wilson impressed during Tuesday's spot start but he's still searching for consistency as a pitcher. He'll likely be back at some point in the near future, but he still isn't a fantasy option at this time.

Category: Transactions


The Braves activated RHP Chris Martin (shoulder) from the 10-day injured list. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Martin just completed a minor league rehab assignment that spanned three appearances. He'll be available out of the bullpen beginning on Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Category: Injury Updates


A.J. Minter melts down Tuesday

Tue, May 11th 11:57pm EDT
By Steve Painter

A.J. Minter entered the game in the eighth inning with a 3-2 lead and allowed three hits, three runs (all earned), and was removed before recording any outs. Ouch. That's his third blown save this season and his first loss.

Fantasy Impact: It was a tough loss, as Bryse Wilson started the game and pitched a solid six innings before turning the game over to the bullpen. Minter is just not consistent enough to trust on most fantasy rosters.

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Huascar Ynoa pitched six innings against the Phillies Sunday, allowing four hits, one run (earned), and one walk while striking out six batters. He earned a quality start and a win in the effort, he's 4-1 on the year with a 2.23 ERA. He threw 92 pitches, 59 for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Until someone knocks him off the pedestal he's the best Braves pitcher thus far. As long as he continues to pitch this well, he'll stay in the rotation, even when Max Fried and Mike Soroka return.

Category: Game Recaps


Freddie Freeman went 3-for-3 with two singles, a solo homer, and two runs scored in Sunday's game against the Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: Freeman is hitting again, that's the news of the day for many. It was just a matter of time, everybody knew that. Freeman brings so much value to fantasy rosters when he is on one of his hot streaks and it appears that he is starting a new streak now.

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Ehire Adrianza went 3-for-3 with three singles including a walk-off single in Saturday's game against the Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: Adrianza is doing everything possible to crack the starting lineup. It's purely speculation, but he can play right field if they decide to send Cristian Pache to the minors and move Ronald Acuna Jr. to center. But that something that they would rather avoid but they do need a serviceable bat playing center.

Category: Game Recaps


Ian Anderson pitched six innings against the Phillies Saturday, allowing six hits, three runs (all earned), and three walks while striking out seven batters. He did not factor into the decision but he did earn a quality start. He threw 94 pitches, 52 for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: He got off to a shaky start but did settle down. Still, he needs to work on his command and he will. He's a rookie, he'll continue to improve with each start.

Category: Game Recaps