Thursday was a working day that the Braves would possible want to neglect. It begun with Liberty Media publishing their economical stories from 2018 for the Braves and the fanbase reacted in a entirely rational and measured fashion. Then there was information of Bryce Harper heading to the Phillies, which is just great.
As if that wasn’t enough, there have been stories that equally Mike Foltynewicz and Kevin Gausman have been working with soreness — Folty’s working with it in his elbow even though Gausman’s shoulder is sore. You really really do not need me to inform you that that having two of your three starters working with that sort of detail in February is a minimal concerning. It is not a huge deal ideal now but it is nevertheless something that will be in the back again of everybody’s thoughts as we get closer to the season commencing.
It is plainly not a huge deal since the Braves aren’t far too apprehensive about this, as equally Mark Bowman and Dave O’Brien ($) are indicating that the circumstance is not critical enough for the Braves to seriously think about on the lookout outside the house of the organization for another starter.
If the Braves required to, they wouldn’t need to seem far too challenging for a excellent starter to plug into the rotation. Dallas Keuchel is nevertheless out there and even though he’s 31 and would be a relative graybeard (with all thanks respect to his at this time wonderful beard) to the relaxation of the rotation, as of ideal now he’d possible be the leading man in the rotation at the moment. He’d also present steadiness in addition to the output. It is 1 detail to place up the numbers that Keuchel did past 12 months, this kind of as a K% of 17.6 p.c, a BB% of only 6.6 p.c even though getting only a season removed from having Period- and FIP- numbers of 69 and 87, respectively. It is another to be capable to be out there for 200 innings, which Keuchel has done three occasions through his huge league job.
Whilst the Braves undoubtedly aren’t the only workforce fascinated (assuming that they are essentially fascinated) in Keuchel, they’d be 1 of the teams that could reward considerably from adding him and it only would make feeling. Folty and Gausman are probably heading to be great and assuming that Sean Newcomb continues to remain in the rotation and the Braves nevertheless assume that Julio Teheran wants to be trotted out there, that signifies that the Braves could effortlessly just fill that fifth location with a entrance-finish starter and everybody would truly feel a large amount superior about their pitching when it will come to 2019.
It would seem like a no-brainer but here we are in March and not only is Keuchel nevertheless a cost-free agent, it absolutely sure appears to be like 1 of the teams that would be a excellent match for him aren’t even that fascinated. This would also appear to be like a great time to essentially exhibit some existence in the cost-free company market following witnessing the relaxation of the division (specifically Philadelphia) actively do their most effective to strengthen their squad in an exertion to catch up with the Braves.
It really should not have appear to us having to sit on pins and needles when it will come to the Braves’ commencing gamers having hurt. We should not have to go into a stress and stress about what occurs to the rotation if 1 or more of the recent starters go down. The lineup should not be a Josh Donaldson damage away from having to determine out a alternative or count on mainly the same bench from past 12 months to pick up the slack.
There could have been upgrades throughout the board and judging by the economical report that was released yesterday, there definitely ought to have been upgrades to the workforce. As an alternative, this scenario where by the Braves have to stress about what occurs if particular men finish up heading on the shelf is something that we all have to assume about ideal now and it is definitely not a comfy considered at the moment.
I’m saying all of this to say that even with this considerably gloomy outlook, the Braves are nevertheless a superior guess to be a good workforce than a terrible workforce this 12 months and there’s nevertheless a chance that the Braves know something that we really do not and that this workforce is only heading to get superior as the younger gamers acquire about the recent season. Which is constantly a likelihood and I have stated before that which is probably what the Braves are banking on this 12 months.
With that getting said, it would be great to have some more respiratory room and signing Dallas Keuchel would present that room for the Braves. I’m absolutely sure that the workforce is aware this, but it is on them to determine if essentially investing dollars and using dangers to enhance the workforce in the facial area of the competitiveness having much better will be worth it.