Saturday's Rainout Forces Doubleheader to Close Home Stand

saturday's rainout forces doubleheader to close home stand

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Game two of the series between the Braves and Padres got rained out. Instead, they will play a doubleheader on Monday and head to Chicago after the second game.

On Monday, Atlanta will finish its home stand with a game versus San Diego at 12:20 p.m. and then another contest at 6:20 p.m. EST. Both games will be a full nine innings.

The game at 12:20 was the original first pitch on Monday, but with the additional game that evening, Atlanta will get a late start traveling to Chicago. The Braves series at Wrigley Field begins at 7:40 p.m. EST on Tuesday.

Travel will be tight, but the Braves will at least have the luxury of giving starters an extra day of rest. The pitching rotation will remain in the same order, but they can bring up an additional player for Monday's doubleheader.

Saturday's scheduled starter, Bryce Elder, will now get the ball on Sunday's ESPN broadcast, while Reynaldo López will shimmy back to start Monday. The starter of the additional game on Monday is where the Braves will have to make a decision.

They could go with Chris Sale on regular rest to start the game that López doesn't on Monday, but the Braves will likely opt to bring a man up from the Triple-A Gwinnett and give the rotation an extra day of rest.

Atlanta will probably look to bring up a starting pitcher as its 27th man to take the mound for one of the doubleheader games, but the choice isn't exactly clear-cut. Top pitching prospect A.J. Smith-Shawver started tonight's game and Allan Winans started on Friday for Gwinnett, which rules them out. Lefty Dylan Dodd is scheduled to start on Sunday but could be held out to make the trip to start in Atlanta on Monday instead, and Darius Vines would be available on regular rest to start the game.

Regardless, the Braves got an early break before playing 16 games in the next 15 games after the rainout on Saturday night.

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