I think my previous pieces have become largely irrelevant with the injuries to both Charlie Culberson and Johan Camargo. Adding news today of the Braves purchasing the contract of catcher John Ryan Murphy, and the heart of the bench I was predicting comes back into the fold. Two things to take away from today’s news:
Francisco Cervelli is indeed on the shelf, but not enough to warrant an IL stint.
The Braves, unless best case scenario of both Camargo and Ender becoming healthy and available for the first round, are seriously considering carrying 3 catchers to free up McCann or Flowers as a pinch hitter with Hamilton being their legs.
The fate of the bench lies in the fate of Camargo and Ender. If they’re both available, things greatly change. As of now, I think they’re not going to be ready for the 1st round and that will lead the Braves to carry 3 catchers, greatly altering the chances of carrying both Austin Riley and Adam Duvall as Hechavarria will have to be a near guarantee on the bench.
The 75%ers could very well be locks, but I’m not willing to go there on any of them as the odd man out in the rotation could greatly influence the fate of Tomlin, Jackson, or Dayton.
With the way O’Day and Blevins have been being used, I think their % chances are on the rise as both can be very valuable facing same-handed bats. Dayton and below are on the outside looking in, but if the Braves do decide to carry 12 pitchers, one of those 6 will get the chance.