New York will be desperately hoping to snap a five-game losing streak when it hosts Atlanta on Tuesday night. The Braves have been disappointing as well, but they are coming off a dominant win over Chicago on Sunday night. New York has not won a game since last Monday’s 3-1 victory at Toronto.
Braves hoping Acuna is availableAtlanta has probably been the most up-and-down team in the MLB this season. The Braves lost their first four games to open the year before winning their next four. The trend repeated itself when they dropped four more in a row to fall to 4-8. Atlanta bounced back once again, winning three of its last four games entering this two-game set with the Yankees. The Braves lost 13-4 on Saturday before responding with a 13-4 win on Sunday. They scored six runs in the top of the first inning, hitting four home runs. However, star outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. left the game with an abdominal injury and is questionable for this game.
He has been one of the hottest players in baseball through the first few weeks, hitting .419 with seven home runs. If he is unable to go, the Braves will need solid performances from Marcell Ozuna, Freddie Freeman and Dansby Swanson. Second baseman Ozzie Albies has missed the last two games and is also questionable for Tuesday’s tilt. The Braves are No. 14 in the MLB with a team batting average of .235. Right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton will start for Atlanta on Tuesday. He allowed four runs in the third inning against Miami in his last start, but he has still completed six innings in each of his last two starts.
Yankees struggling at the dishNew York entered the season as the favorite in the American League. The Yankees are off to a very slow start, though. They have now lost their last five games, getting swept by Tampa Bay over the weekend. New York scored a combined seven runs in those three games and has not tallied five runs in a game since April 11. The Yankees will go on an eight-game road trip following Wednesday’s game. They have really struggled at the plate this season, ranking No. 26 in the MLB with a team batting average of .210.
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Second baseman D.J. LeMahieu leads the team with 16 hits at a .286 clip. Third baseman Gio Urshela and right fielder Aaron Judge each have 13 hits. Designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton is hitting just .176 through his first 13 games. Third baseman Miguel Andujar and catcher Gary Sanchez are both questionable for this contest. Right-handed pitcher Jameson Taillon will start for the Yankees on Tuesday night. He allowed five runs on eight hits and a walk against Toronto last Tuesday. Taillon gave up two runs on three hits while striking out seven batters across 4.2 innings in his first start.
- 0-5 in its last five games vs. a team with a winning percentage below .400
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As bad as New York has been, the roster is still loaded with talent. Atlanta has been extremely inconsistent and could be without Acuna on Tuesday. If he is out of the lineup, the Braves are left with a bunch of players who have not been able to get things going to start the season. Morton has had some struggles and could be exactly what the Yankees lineup needs to face to get the bats going. This is about as cheap of a price as you are going to get on a New York team that is playing at home against an average pitcher.
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This feels like a pretty nice bounce-back spot for both starting pitchers. There is the potential for a lot of backups taking the place of star players in both lineups. Taillon has made a few starts and should be finding his rhythm sometime soon after coming back from a serious injury. Morton will be facing a New York lineup that has been scuffling at the dish. The Yankees have gone under the total in seven of their last eight games when their opponent scores five runs or more in their previous game.