Wow, so much to talk about. First off, the Braves’ offense successfully recovered from what was one of the lowest Game Scores of the season from its starting pitcher. When your SP gives up 8 ER in 4 innings (even if two of them were Grybo’ed), you expect to lose. But the reason the Gnats are 7 games back is because their pitching is not very good either.
After the 3rd inning, you might have said, “Sheesh, I wish the Braves had brought Anibal Sanchez back. Look at how well he’s doing compared to our guy.” But then the Braves get to him a little in the 4th and 5th, and after he gets through 6, then the Braves get into the pen. This is how those next two innings went: Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Double. Out. Out. Out. Single. Single. Double. Out. Home run. Walk. Single. Out.
The pen was ok. Blevins pitched a full inning, but he gave up two singles which became two Grybo’s. Grant Dayton pitched a scoreless inning, and he looked good. Minter gave up a single and a walk, and allowed a runner to score on a wild pitch. Anthony Swarzak struck out the side (1 ER in 14.2 IP as a Brave). Luke Jackson walked 2 guys on, IIRC, 8 straight balls. But an oopsy swing by Kurt Suzuki led to a game-ending double play.
But Mike Foltynewicz is the story of this game. In 59.1 IP, which is plenty of a sample, he’s given up 42 ER, including 16 HR. His K’s have dropped, his walks and hits have increased. It just ain’t working. Here is some excellent analysis in tweet form:
So the simple analysis on this is that his slider is not moving, and it’s also ending up in the meaty part of the plate. Whether it’s injury or ineffectiveness, it’s something he needs to work through in the minors. And that’s exactly what’s going to happen, as the Braves will option him to AAA.
Bryse Wilson is a logical candidate to replace him. He’s been pitching well, and it would be his spot in the rotation coming up. Kolby Allard has had a really good stretch, and at some point, he will have a claim to a spot somewhere on the roster. Kyle Wright has not pitched well, and he probably should get some uninterrupted time in AAA. They could, though not likely, even leapfrog AAA and call up Ian Anderson from AA as he’s been pitching very well, and is probably due to a promotion to AAA.
Still, when you avoid losing a game you really should have lost because you have the deepest offense in baseball, well, that’s real nice.