Yesterday was as frustrating as it could get. The pitching failed to show up. The starting rotation now in it’s last nine have pitched a grand total of 33 innings. They’re not even averaging four innings a start. The bullpen in this stretch has pitched 48 innings, kinks have to be worked out very soon. Thankfully Sept call ups happened couple days ago. Those fresh arms pitched 5.1 innings to give the regular relievers some much needed time off.

The offense facing Shields unfortunately was stagnant. Players like Mookie were having ballerina type swings & misses. The Sox stranded eight baserunners (5 Hits, 3 Walks), and hopefully look to get back on track vs the Braves. Because in an NL park, J.D. Martinez is expected to have one OR two games off.

Nathan Eovaldi takes the mound for the Sox, just looking for a start that can at least be called “respectable”. Back on August 4 after shutting out the Yankees over eight innings, he was being called the best deadline deal and was looking toward a big free agent pay day. At that point his ERA was 3.38 to go with an 0.89 WHIP, and an opp .210 avg.  In his last five starts, his ERA is now 4.35, WHIP at 1.15 and opp avg has shot up to .261. Two of those starts saw him unable to strike out single batter.

Last Five Starts (0-3, 8.05 ERA)

19 innings, 38 Hits, 24 Runs (17 ER), 3 HRs, 3 Walks, 12 Ks

Touki Toussaint takes the ball for the Braves. The 21 year old right handed rookie was originally the Arizona Diamondbacks 5th best prospect, but he was traded along with Bronson Arroyo to the Atlanta Braves for infield backup Phil Gosselin. This was more of a way for Arizona to save on money, which made people scratch their heads on the inclusion of Toussaint. Last month he made his major league debut against the Marlins. It was a solid outcome — 6 innings, 2 Hits, 1 Run, 2 Walks, 4 Ks.

Nathan Eovaldi — Career vs Atlanta Braves in 13 starts, 3-3 with a 2.82 ERA. First career start at SunTrust Park.

Atlanta Braves:

Ronald Acuna Jr. —–

Lane Adams —–

Ozzie Albies —–

Johan Camargo —–

Charlie Culberson —–

Lucas Duda – 4 for 15 (.267 avg) 5 Ks

Adam Duvall —–

Ryan Flaherty – 0 for 3, K

Tyler Flowers —–

Freddie Freeman – 9 for 35 (.257 avg) Double, HR, 6 RBIs, 4 Walks, 3 Ks

Ender Inciarte – 0 for 3

Nick Markakis – 1 for 2 (.500 avg) Walk

Rene Rivera – 0 for 3, K

Kurt Suzuki – 0 for 8

Dansby Swanson —–

Preston Tucker – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) HR, RBI, 2 Ks