The left-hander’s length is even more valuable given the uncertain state of the rotation. Newcomb’s logged eight relief appearances of more than 1-1/3 innings, and four that exceeded two innings. Outside Dallas Keuchel, the Braves lack starters who consistently cover a sizable chunk of innings.
And if the occasion arises, the Braves won’t rule out inserting Newcomb into the ninth inning if the situation dictates it.
“There may be times during a stretch where we might try him in the ninth inning,” Snitker said. “That’s not something we’re trying to force, but it might present itself. If we get on some kind of roll and using guys like that, with his stuff, I’d definitely give him a crack at it.”