“It’s good to have some confidence,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said of Newcomb. “He’s been throwing the ball really well. The bullpen has been good for him, (and) it’s part of maturing as a player.”
Snitker said he’s noticed Newcomb’s mechanics have looked cleaner. His arm swing and rotation improved. Mentally, he appreciates Newcomb’s aggression out of the bullpen.
As for his start against the Phillies, Snitker said the plan for him will be dictated by the way the game goes. He doesn’t plan to have a pitch count.
Snitker’s approach to handling Newcomb is the same he uses for most of the young players on his team. The 26-year-old pitcher learned about himself while in the bullpen, which is what his manager wanted.
“It takes a while, for these young players, it takes repetitions, it takes games,” Snitker said. “The whole thing to experience it and learn how to do it.”