If you can believe it, we’re already making it 1/10 of the way out of this year’s regular season after less than a week of play. It won’t be long before the trade deadline arrives, and then explode, it’s October. The Braves had a start up and down and are deservedly 3-3. Their initial rotation, as expected, was their most significant concern. However, their bullpen turned out to be a weapon that Brian Snitker will enjoy this season.
With Atlanta’s heart of relief set to begin last year, they were one of the best at the end of the season after Alex Anthopoulos added Mark Melancon, Shane Greene, and Chris Martin at the end of the season. trade, and this trend will continue in 2020.
In addition to Monday’s Touki Toussaint outing on Monday, in which he allowed six runs achieved in 2.2 innings of relay against the Rays, the Brapen Bullpen let only four runners cross the plate in 24 work innings. No other reliever has left more than one run, and they have been standing out during strikes, which was their most brilliant outing last season. In the 26.1innings, Atlanta’s resting core has only four walks compared to thirty punchouts. And for the most part, they have been without the best two entrants.
Mark Melancon debuted his 2020 yesterday, with a perfect shot in a save against the Rays after back tightening kept him sidelined for a few days. He is expected to be closest to the teams ahead. However, Atlanta’s best reliever – based on performance over the past few years – and their newest addition, Will Smith, has yet to join the team after testing positive for the coronavirus before the season. He has since tested negative and returned to the field, but still has some time to extend before rejoining the team. We should see him make his Braves debut sometime over the next week.
Atlanta has a lot to figure out what to do in their rotation if they want to make a push coming out in October. Mike Soroka and Max fried are fantastic, but they need more than that before they are considered serious contenders. Hopefully, weapons like Sean Newcomb and Kyle Wright could be added. Until then, however, the Bullpen must be at the top of their game if the Braves want to repeat as NL Eastern champions.