Atlanta Aces Emerge, Dodgers Dominate with Betts' Brilliance

Atlanta Aces Emerge, Dodgers Dominate with Betts' Brilliance
Atlanta Aces Emerge, Dodgers Dominate with Betts' Brilliance

1. Atlanta Braves

Record: 3-2 Previous ranking: 1 Observation: The new additions to the rotation had positive results in their initial starts. Pitching against the Phillies,

Chris Sale
allowed two runs in 5⅓ innings, striking out seven. He did serve up a leadoff home run to
Kyle Schwarber
, who jumped on an 0-1 fastball down the middle, but settled in after that and recorded five of his seven strikeouts on his fastball, which touched 96 mph.
Reynaldo Lopez
had an easier matchup against the hapless White Sox on a cold night in Chicago, but he allowed just one run in six innings, throwing an efficient 82 pitches -- a key for a guy who didn't have great control even as a reliever. "This start meant a lot to me," Lopez said after the game. -- Schoenfield

2. Los Angeles Dodgers

Record: 7-2 Previous ranking: 2 Observation: There was so much hype around everything that was new about the 2024 Dodgers that we seemingly forgot one really important thing: Betts is inc

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