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Opening Day: Braves 2020

This is the day all Braves fans have been waiting for since the devastating Game 5 loss to the Cardinals, exactly 290 days ago. With that painful loss and the pandemic ruining the start of the season, fans were excited for the beginning of a new season against the New York Mets.

The Good

And what a game it set up to be, a great duel between up and coming Braves Ace Mike Soroka and arguably the best pitcher in all of baseball, Jacob DeGrom. But if you aren’t a fan of great pitching, this game may not have been what you were looking for.

Soroka and DeGrom were both great behind the rubber, with neither giving up any runs. DeGrom pitched five innings of one hit baseball, while Soroka pitched six innings of four hit baseball. With these performances, the game had to be settled with the bullpens.

The Bad

Unfortunately for the Braves, the bats didn’t wake up today and Yoenis Cespedes took advantage of a Chris Martin pitch taking him to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning. That ended up being the lone run of the game as the Mets defeated the Braves 1-0, while holding the Braves to only three total hits.

Ronald Acuna Jr., Marcell Ozuna, and Dansby Swanson were the only Braves who walked away with a hit in the game. Ozuna doubled to left in the seventh in what seemed like a hopeful awakening to the Braves bats, but it was short live as Matt Adams grounded out to third and Austin Riley struck out swinging.

The Hopeful

This is not the time to panic. Remember the Braves haven’t played in a meaningful game since October 9,2019, and this game was against the best pitcher in baseball. In this weird truncated season, it might take a couple games to get back in the groove.

Plus for those of you who didn’t know, the New York Mets are now 39-20 in home openers. That win percentage places them as the best in the Majors over that time. They have won 12 of the last 15 and 23 of the last 26 home openers.

Max Fried takes the mound next against Steven Matz and it should be a favorable game for the Braves. This lineup that Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos put together is one of the best in baseball. Once those bats liven up, this Braves offense will be very tough to stop.

So sit back, kick your feet up, enjoy your favorite game time beverage and food, and get ready to watch game two at 4:10 EST.

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