Here’s the encouraging part: A closer look at the numbers makes it seem as if Duvall wasn’t as bad as the results suggest.
His average exit velocity, according to Baseball Savant, is 90.5 mph, a figure higher than he has clocked in every year except for one since 2015. His hardest hit rate, at 45.2%, would be a career top if the season ended today.
Duvall played a good heart center for the Braves. He could soon flip it over on the board.
As he works on his swing, he tries to make sure he doesn’t confuse his mind before heading to the plate that evening.
“You try to do all that in the cage and (the batting exercise) and you try to distract yourself during the match,” Duval said. “No one is perfect, so there are times when it spills onto the plate. But you try to shut your mind and go and compete during the match.”
When asked if he feels close to making a breakthrough, Duvall makes a hand gesture showing two fingers with not much space between them.
Point: You are always close to anything in this sport.
“You’re always a little tweaked so it doesn’t get too hot,” he said. “This game, you’re far from sexy or not.”
How does Wright deal with extra days?
Charlie Morton and Kyle Wright started a double-header on Tuesday in New York, meaning they were well prepared for Sunday’s final game against the Brewers.
Morton will start that game before rest day. Therefore, Wright will have two extra rest days due to the two rest days between his last start and the next day.
This will be different, Wright said on Friday. But that shouldn’t be a problem because he changed his routine before and said he feels like he’s in a good place.
“It doesn’t change much,” he said. “You just have more time to just kind of recover, I guess. It’s definitely different because you’re used to that routine, and then you add one day, it’s a little different. You add another day, it’s a little different. I think having a kind of rest day simplifies it.” Because not a day, I just try to lie down and not do much anyway, just try to recover.”
Because of the extra days between his starts, Wright will cast two sessions. He planned to complete on a Friday, then a light Friday on Monday. He is expected to play on Saturday.
“The important thing I learned is just to listen to your arm,” he said. “If your arm says you’re fine, go play, and work on something.”
Wright said he picked up something else throughout his time in the majors.
“I’ve learned that sometimes throwing a little in the pen or overdoing the bulls isn’t necessarily worth it,” he said. “There’s nothing I’m going to reinvent myself in during the week that’s going to really affect me in the next game, good or bad. I feel like you can’t put a lot of arrows into it sometimes, you just have to kind of have your focus, have your goal.” , I hope you have a good implementation in the “pen”.
Braves manager Brian Snitker said he’s spoken to Morton and Wright. The manager said Morton has seniority, “and I think he feels like instead of wanting to get extra rest, he needs to try to get things together.”
Wright has a 1.74 ERA through five starts, while Morton has a 6.85 ERA.
What does Soroka offer?
Mike Soroka was at Trust Park on Friday. Snicker said the right-handed man was “doing his physical rehabilitation.”
Snicker said Soroka had just thrown the pile a bit. He was in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he had surgery to repair his Achilles tendon.
“Everything is going well,” Snicker said. “He hasn’t had setbacks or anything, he’s doing everything he has for him on the rehab schedule.”
Soroka has been working on a comeback from his second Achilles tendon rupture.
Peña is gaining strength
Manny Piña is eligible to return from the injured list when he is ready. He needed to rest to make sure the inflammation in his left wrist was reduced.
Snicker said he saw Peña go to the batting cage on Friday. The manager said the spare catch was still a bit sore, but he’s back to doing the activities.
The brave approach Peña’s situation with a daily approach.
The brave honor Aaron
This weekend, the Braves are capping their celebration of Hank Aaron’s Week. They wore their shirts from 1974 on Friday and Saturday.
Snitker also received Hank Aaron Bobblehead.
“We can’t honor him enough,” Snicker said. “It’s always a special weekend because of his legacy and his honor.”
Aaron passed away on January 22, 2021.