Braves Preview: Braves bats look to back another bullpen game against the Mariners
By Chase Owens
The Atlanta Braves kicked off a ten game homestand to a crowd pleasing come from behind victory last night against the Seattle Mariners. The Atlanta fans were treated to a pitching duel for most of the night in the battle of the Bryce’s.
Our Bryce was terrific as he went 6 innings with six strikeouts and only allowed two runs, both of which were surrendered in the seventh inning as he tried to work through the heart of the Mariners order for the third time. Ultimately Elder continued the solid work he has done all season, all while celebrating his 24th birthday yesterday.
Not to be outdone, Seattle’s promising rookie Bryce Miller keep the Braves offense in check for much of the night. However as soon as he exited, leaving behind some baserunners for the Mariners bullpen, the Braves bats woke up. Back to back RBI hits from Ozuna and Arcia gave the Braves the lead for good in the seventh as the bullpen nailed down an exciting win. The bats and bullpen will look to continue the great work from late in yesterdays game as they continue their series with Seattle.
The Braves will turn to the ageless Jesse Chavez as they often do to start things as they try to work through nine innings of a bullpen game. From there the pitcher entering will be determinded by how the game is going as usual, I’d assume the Braves will look for multiple innings out of guys like McHugh and Tonkin like they normally do in these games. Only Collin McHugh, Nick Anderson, and closer Raisel Iglesias pitched in last nights game; none of which threw more than 13 pitches. So I’d imagine most of the bullpen should be available if needed.
Seattle will turn to right hander, Logan Gilbert (1-2, 3.91 ERA). He is off to another solid start to the 2023 season. Currently Gilbert sits at a 2.67 FIP and has an xERA of 2.93. Not many of the Braves hitters have seen much of Gilbert, but as you could guess the former Oakland A’s, Olson and Murphy have the most AB’s with nine and ten respectively.
How to watch Braves vs. Blue Jays
Date/Time/Location: 5/20/23 at 7:15 PM EST at Truist Park
TV: Fox - National
Radio: 680 AM/93.7 FM The Fan