July 25, 2021

A critical road trip for the Braves begins in Philadelphia (Talking Chop)

After a rain soaked series against the San Diego Padres, the Atlanta Braves will hit the road for a critical road trip that will set the course for the remainder of their season. Atlanta will begin a four-game series in Philadelphia Thursday before moving on to face the Mets in a five-game series that includes a doubleheader. That will take them up to the trade deadline where they could add more pieces to the roster or sell depending on where they are at in the standings.

The Braves are coming off of a frustrating homestand. They dropped two of three to the Tampa Bay Rays despite leading late in all three games. Their series opener against San Diego was rained out on Monday and rescheduled for a doubleheader Wednesday. They won Tuesday’s game 2-1 but then dropped Game 1 Wednesday 3-2 and were trailing in Game 2 5-4 when play was suspended due to rain.

Philadelphia entered play Wednesday in second place in the NL East, 2.5 games behind the New York Mets. They have been particularly tough at home where they are 27-17 on the season. They are currently scrambling and trying to prop up a pitching staff that has been hit hard by injury and COVID absences. They placed Bailey…

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