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Do The Braves have enough starting pitching to contend ?..



  • RomeDawg288RomeDawg288 Posts: 944 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Absolutely NOT! Fried and that is it. Maybe the worst starting five they have ever had plain and simple. I love the future of Toussaint - think he will be a very good to great starter in a couple of years or more but will likely have growing pains this year and next. The others I have given up on. Folty - so much promise reminds me of Smoltz prior to figuring it out early in his career; Hamels - is his career over? Newcombe, a headcase that needs to stay in the bullpen for middle inning/setup role; Wright is simply not ready and Ynoa - same story.

  • BankwalkerBankwalker Posts: 5,348 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited August 2020

    Saying this is the worst starting 5 the Braves have ever had ages you at (guessing) under 40??? But your point still stands. Not looking good.

    The late 70’s were pretty bad.

    I’m hoping this rotation will turn out to be like the 88 Braves, with several young pitchers starting promising careers.

  • RomeDawg288RomeDawg288 Posts: 944 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Nope, lived through those horrible 70s teams too. This team is reminding me of Niekro and the rest of that starting staff.

  • greshamdiscogreshamdisco Posts: 2,674 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    We came in to the year with three solid starters (counting Hamel) and a bullpen that could be fantastic. I’m not sure how Hamel was deemed ready enough to sign, but that seems like a major miscalculation. One injury later, and we are left with Fried (who is fantastic). Meanwhile, Snitker keeps using Luke Johnson which is baffling to me. The staff has not been managed well at all and injuries aren’t helping.

  • AnotherDawgAnotherDawg Posts: 6,758 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    The team has been struggling. Acuna is still out. With Soroka gone, Fried's the ace of the staff by default. And he comes out tonight and deals 6+ innings of shutout ball. 1.24 ERA on the season. Impressive.

  • Canedawg2140Canedawg2140 Posts: 1,832 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Fried is a stud. Great stuff, but it is what is between his ears that separates him. And what seems to keep others from being good (i.e. see Newcombe, Folty, Wright, etc.).

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  • TNDawg71TNDawg71 Posts: 2,214 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Right now I don’t see anyone even passable as a major league starter past Fried. In past years I’d expect someone in the minors to be able to give the team at least 5 innings every other start in an emergency. Right now I don’t trust our 2-5 to have one of those decent starts per time through the rotation.

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