Gwinnett rotation looking as dominant as advertised

Braves left-handed pitcher Kolby Allard loosens his arm on Sunday, Feb 18, 2018, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)
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Braves left-handed pitcher Kolby Allard loosens his arm on Sunday, Feb 18, 2018, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

Credit: Curtis Compton

Credit: Curtis Compton

When the Gwinnett Stripers announced their 2018 rotation, many assumed it would be the best unit in the International League, if not all Triple-A.

That belief has been proved correct through a week. The rotation entered Friday with a 2.05 collective ERA following at least one outing from Mike Soroka, Matt Wisler, Aaron Blair, Kolby Allard and Lucas Sims.

Lefty Max Fried, a newcomer to the group after Blair suffered a shoulder injury Wednesday, surrendered one run over 5-2/3 innings Friday. He was slightly better than Soroka the day before, who pitched 5-2/3 and yielded two runs.

The rotation has allowed seven earned runs across 31-1/3 innings entering Saturday. Opponents are hitting .205 (24-for-119) with 35 strikeouts and 11 walks against Stripers starters through seven games.

Fried became the fifth first-round selection to start for the Stripers in 2018, joining Soroka, Allard, Blair and Sims. Wisler is the only member of the rotation lacking that distinction (seventh round, 2011).

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