The Atlanta Braves saw their 10-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday afternoon, but will try to start a new one on Thursday. It was the team’s first loss since putting first baseman Freddie Freeman on the disabled list.
It appears that Freeman will be ready to go when he is eligible to return on Monday, however. He was hitting .412 with a home run and seven RBIs in five games before the injury. The Braves have survived the first baseman’s injury even with the struggles of B.J. Upton and Jason Heyward, who are both hitting below. 150 for the season.
The surprising work of catcher Evan Gattis has also taken some pressure off the rest of the offense. You have to figure Freeman will be right back at his normal spot hitting cleanup for the Braves on Monday.
Atlanta was 12-2 on the season going into Thursday’s action, so they haven’t missed Freeman as much as I expected. The Braves will become even more dangerous when he returns and when Upton and Heyward start hitting.
The talent level on the Atlanta roster this season is just ridiculous. I didn’t think the Braves would be this good this quickly with the new pieces. Freeman will go on his rehab assignment on Friday, and I bet the Braves can’t wait to plug him back into the lineup.