The Braves reached a new season low Monday night, and I realize that’s saying a lot for a team that has lost 10 of its past 14 games and is on pace for a third consecutive 90-loss season (I point that out for all the lemmings who said, “NO WAY!” would this team come close to losing 90 games again).
As our David O’Brien chronicled , the Braves’ 6-5 loss to Seattle on Monday night was punctuated by starter Mike Foltynewicz getting outpitched by the Mariners’ Andrew Albers (who the Braves recent dumped off their Gwinnett roster for pocket change).
I won’t bang on Braves general manager John Coppolella (too much) for determining Albers didn’t have a future with the team. He was pitching great in Gwinnett (12-3, 2.61 ERA), but is 31 years old and had spent most of the past 10 years in the minors. But he allowed only three earned runs (four total) and six hits in five innings Monday night and is 2-0 with a 3.60 ERA with Seattle – an ERA that would rank FIRST among Braves starters. So, of course, now Coppy looks dumb.
But for a moment, let’s assume there will be a market correction with Albers and he ends up being the "4A" pitcher the Braves think he is. The real problem Monday night was the Braves’ starter, not Seattle’s.
Foltynewicz allowed six earned runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. His ERA this season has ballooned to 4.95. I’ve written several times before about the uncertainty (nice word) of the rotation going into next season, given the lack of proven commodities on the current roster. Folty is a good place to start.
The rundown is below. Here’s my question: How many – if any – of the starters below would you be willing to count on next season? I’m listing the pitchers in order of major league starts this season:
(Other starters this season, since traded or released: Jaime Garcia, Bartolo Colon.)
So there's your starters this season. Who do you like for next year? Vote in the poll.
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