Woods was promoted as a fresh arm when Kirby Yates (elbow inflammation) was placed on the injured list. Woods has pitched two scoreless major-league innings this season.
The Braves have 16 games remaining, including Monday’s contest. They entered the day one game behind the Mets in the National League East.
Tyler Matzek finding form
Tyler Matzek has struck out five in his last 2 ⅓ innings. Matzek owns a 1.46 ERA over his last 13 appearances, 11 of which were scoreless. Opponents are hitting .182 against him over that span.
“He’s starting to throw the ball pretty well,” Snitker said. “Things are going in the right direction for him. His velocity ticked up; his breaking ball has been getting better. So it was very encouraging. … It’s nice seeing him headed in that direction this time of year. We showed last year that bullpen depth is huge. They’re different games in the postseason.”
Kyle Wright’s wins
Starter Kyle Wright entered Monday’s outing seeking his 19th win. He’s trying to become the first Braves pitcher to lead the league in wins since Russ Ortiz had 21 in 2003. It’s been quite the season for Wright, who entered the season a gigantic question mark but has cemented himself as a long-term part of the rotation. Wright has a 3.18 ERA across 27 starts.
Magic number for postseason
The Braves’ pursuit of another division title will come down to the wire; securing a postseason spot likely won’t, though. The Braves’ magic number was four entering Monday. Any combination of four Braves’ wins and four Brewers’ losses would ensure the Braves’ playoff berth. The Brewers are the only team outside the current playoff field that’s mathematically capable of catching the Braves.
When the Braves clinch, they’ll make their fifth consecutive trip to the postseason. They’re on pace for 101 wins, which would be their highest total since winning 101 in 2003. Their highest win total during their latest string of division titles is 97 (2019).