The only walk Foltynewicz issued was to Miguel Cabrera, and that wasn’t the worst result, according to the 26-year-old.
“I didn’t care if I walked him or not,” Foltynewicz said with a grin. “He’s the best hitter in the game. He can go on first base. And the confidence with that, too, ‘I’m going to get this next guy.’”
Foltynewicz’s promising 2017 season was spoiled by slow demise: The team lost his final seven starts, with Foltynewicz giving up three or more runs in five of those starts, and six or more runs in three, before he was shutdown with a lacerated finger on his pitching hand.
He came to Florida with a renewed focus and emphasis on first-pitch strikes and finishing hitters with two strikes, an area in which he’s struggled.
“That was really good today,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “I was talking to (pitching coach) Chuck (Hernandez) and just, he was in control of everything. You don’t have to be pinpoint, but some really good change-ups -- breaking ball was good. Just a real nice outing.”
Foltynewicz’s current spring stats: 14 innings, seven strikeouts, three hits and four walks across four starts – plus the goose egg for an ERA.
“When you’re feeling this good and this confident, you wish you could get out there now (for the regular season),” Foltynewicz said. “But there’s still a couple weeks left and a lot of things to work on. I’m excited to work on them and get better with them so I can go out there in the regular season and do the same thing.”
Though the team hasn’t made it official, Foltynewicz will be the No. 2 starter, slotted between Julio Teheran and newcomer Brandon McCarthy.