This time of year everyone is looking at the dashboard, including Brian Snitker
There will be plenty to watch.
Smyly in the enclosure: Drew Smyly allowed his first point as a reliever this season in Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to the Nationals. He entered the ninth inning, with the Braves behind by a point, and gave singles to Yadiel Hernandez and Carter Kieboom. He then induced a double ball from Keibert Ruiz. However, Luis Garcia followed with a brace to give the Nationals another confident run.
“I thought he was going to have a really good end and then a pitch,” said Snitker. “He came off quickly, which is something different. He did it in Colorado and last night. I think so far he’s done a good job with what we’ve asked him to do.
In Smyly’s first appearance since being transferred to the relieving box, he worked an inning without allowing a hitting in a loss to the Rockies on Saturday.
Soler delivers: Jorge Soler hit base four times on Wednesday, going 3 for 4 with a walk. Since joining the Braves on the trade deadline, he’s averaged 0.287 (37 for 129), with nine homers, and has a base percentage of 0.376 and a slugging percentage of 0.535.
Be long: The Braves are third in baseball with 206 home runs this season, after two solo shots on Wednesday. They are second in the National League behind the Giants at 208. The Blue Jays lead the MLB teams with 214. The Braves have scored 49.5% of their points via the circuit. Only the Giants have a higher percentage at 50.9%.