Soler hits a lead off home run and gets moved to 5 and Rosario back on top
On the one hand, yuck. On the other hand, the Braves desperately need Fried to go 6 or 7 innings tonight...and this can't hurt.Ron Kulpa will have the plate tonight. Hoo, boy. Among the 90 umpires with at least ten games behind the plate this year per Ump Scorecards, Kulpa was 88th in ball-and-strike accuracy. He posted the worst game of anyone in this group all year, missing 15% of the calls he made. Just four umpires this year have a greater effect on the run scoring in a game than Kulpa does. Over the course of his career, Kulpa is one of the most pitcher-friendly umpires in baseball, boosting strikeouts and holding down run scoring more than all but a few of his peers.