Mike Foltynewicz loves trying to one-up his fellow hurlers in the Atlanta Braves red-hot pitching rotation.
He kept even with cohorts by tossing five shutout innings and Freddie Freeman homered as the Atlanta Braves held off the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Sunday.
It’s like a friendly competition with a fun group of guys, Foltynewicz said. It’s a good vibe.
But when the Reds (36-48) take on the right-handed Shields and the White Sox on Monday night at Great American Ball Park, in the teams’ first matchup since 2015, they’ll be one of the majors’ hottest clubs. They’ve won 11 of 14 after taking the final two games of a four-game weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers, and interim manager Jim Riggleman now has a 33-33 record for a last-place team.
Considering that Riggleman took over a Reds team that was 3-15 under former manager Bryan Price, that’s something of an accomplishment. And the Reds own a 6-1 record in interleague games.
Los Angeles has received punishment twice in the past for tampering, but this year the Lakers want to make sure the rules are crystal clear to everyone to avoid punishment from the league.
If the Kings pass on Doncic at No. 2, the Hawks probably will scoop him up at No. 3 — coach Lloyd Pierce has been high on the chances that Doncic will be able to come in and boost the potential of the entire team with his playmaking ability.
But if the Hawks decide to go with a big guy to put next to John Collins, Doncic could fall to Memphis, and with an aging roster around him and an unsettled front-office picture, that’s a situation Doncic probably would like to avoid. (Many other top prospects like him have dodged the Grizzlies ahead of the draft.) If Doncic somehow slips to No. 5, the Mavericks would be a good landing spot.