Braves’ Ozzie Albies off to slow start

Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies (1) laughs with his teammates after driving a foul ball into the Braves' dugout during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday, March 21, 2021, in Port Charlotte, Fla. (John Bazemore/AP)
Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies (1) laughs with his teammates after driving a foul ball into the Braves' dugout during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday, March 21, 2021, in Port Charlotte, Fla. (John Bazemore/AP)

Credit: John Bazemore

Credit: John Bazemore

Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies has struggled during the team’s 0-4 start. After going 0-for-4 in Tuesday’s loss to the Nationals, Albies is 0-for-16 with three strikeouts on the season.

Albies, 24, is coming off an underwhelming season that was disrupted by a wrist injury. He entered this season healthy and, as part of the Braves’ lineup adjustments without the designated hitter, the Braves moved him into the second spot in the order. National League MVP Freddie Freeman shifted back into his old No. 3 spot. Thus far, it hasn’t yielded the desired results.

In Albies’ defense, it’s not like he’s the only Brave who’s started slowly. Nearly the entire team was in a funk at the plate during the first series, which can be largely attributed to excellent Phillies pitching. On Tuesday, the offense broke out with four home runs against Max Scherzer, yet the bullpen had a tough day and the Braves lost on Juan Soto’s walk-off hit.

Keep an eye on Albies’ performance in the coming games. Perhaps he’ll hit his stride soon. Even Freeman started the season 0-for-9 before his home run Tuesday, so give Albies time to find his footing. He should have plenty of opportunities Wednesday when the Braves face the Nationals in a doubleheader beginning at 12:05 p.m.

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