After splitting the first two games of their five-game series, the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets are slated for a doubleheader on Saturday. Teams involved in doubleheaders are allowed to use a 27th man on their roster and the Braves have revealed that a top prospect will be given the role today.
The Braves announced on Saturday morning that right-handed pitcher Bryce Elder will serve as their 27th man. The former 2020 fifth-round pick started the 2022 MLB season in Atlanta but has been pitching in the minors since the beginning of May.
Braves Roster News
If Elder sees any action it'll be in a relief capacity as Jake Odorizzi and Max Fried will get the starts in both of the Braves' games today. If the 23-year-old does get to step into a game, it'll be interesting to see how he performs after going 1-3 with a 4.74 ERA in four previous starts back in April.
Though he also struggled at times in the minors, Elder is coming off some strong July performances. He started in five games for Triple-A Gwinnett last month, going 3-0 with a 2.48 ERA and 1.102 WHIP while striking out 24 batters over 32.2 innings.
The Braves enter Saturday's contests 3.5 games behind the Mets for the NL East lead. Winning both games will close to gap to 1.5 contests, meaning Elder must seize any opportunity that he's given. He clearly has the potential to be an everyday MLB pitcher and now's the time to prove it.
Braves vs. Mets Odds
Elder has his first chance to take the mound when Game 1 of the Braves vs. Mets doubleheader kicks off at 1:10 p.m. ET. FanDuel Sportsbook is currently favoring New York at -130 on the moneyline while Atlanta sits as the +110 underdog.
Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.