Braves Preview: Jared Shuster takes the mound for Game 2 versus Texas
By Steven Teal
The Atlanta Braves snapped a four-game losing streak on Monday evening with a 12-0 win over the Texas Rangers. Ten of the twelve runs scored by Atlanta were via two-run homers. The Braves were able to tally 5 two-run homers in Monday's game in Arlington.
Charlie Morton put on a pitching clinic as well with a season-high 10 strikeouts over 6.2 innings of work. He allowed no runs on seven hits with just one walk during the game as well. His curveball was the best it's looked all season and the Rangers offense couldn't find a way to do anything with it.
Atlanta will look to make it two in a row as they take on the Rangers again on Tuesday night. Hopefully, they still have some runs left in the tank and continue their offensive outburst from Monday evening. Let's take a look at Tuesday's starting pitchers for Game 2 of the series.
Starters for Atlanta Braves at Texas Rangers Game 2
Jared Shuster will make a spot start for Atlanta as they've had to fill in the gaps left by Max Fried and Kyle Wright who both landed on the IL recently. Shuster didn't have the best time in his first two starts for Atlanta as his ERA ballooned to 8.31 and was optioned back to Triple-A Gwinnett after that.
Shuster has pitched in five starts at Gwinnett since being sent down to Gwinnett and has a 3.28 ERA and 4.37 FIP. He has continued to struggle with walking a lot of batters as well. Shuster was one of the most impressive parts of Spring Training for the Braves and they'd hoped he carry that over into the regular season. While this is likely just a spot start for the young pitcher, hopefully, he can pitch a little better this time around and make some strides forward.
Dane Dunning will take the mound for the Rangers and is 3-0 on the season with a 1.72 ERA. Dunning has assumed a starting role as Jacob deGrom went down with right elbow inflammation. He's done a pretty good job for Texas and provided some quality innings.
Dunning features six pitches in his aresenal but leans heavily on a cutter, sinker, slider combination. He also throws a four-seam fastball, changeup, and curveball. So, the Braves offense will have to keep those in the back of their minds while facing him.
Where and when to watch Braves at Rangers
Where and when: 05/16/2023 Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX at 8:05 PM EST
Watch: Bally Sports South
Listen: 680 AM/93.7 FM The Fan