Ya know, it didn’t even look at that close.
Kyle Wright was actually not bad in the first two innings, looking very efficient with only 30 pitches through 2, I believe. I thought as the third inning started that Wright might be able to get into the 6th inning if he could continue his pace. I was wrong: single, strike out, triple, double, walk, strike out, walk, walk, and double. Paul Byrd speculated on the broadcast that Wright was trying to be too careful as evidence by Wright finishing late and delivering all of his fastballs to the left-hand batter’s box during that walk, walk, double routine. Young pitchers require patience, sadly.
Stephen Strasburg actually took around 30 pitches to get through the first, but then he settled down. And more importantly, the lopsided score gave them an opportunity to avoid having their bullpen become a factor.
On a day where you give up 13 runs, it’s fair to talk about the pitching. Between Mike Foltynewicz, Kevin Gausman, Touki Toussaint, Bryse Wilson, and Kyle Wright, you’d have expected better production going into the season. Instead, they’ve given up 133 earned runs in 193 2/3 innings. That’s a 6.18 ERA from your staff ace last year, someone you’d hoped to be a third starter, and three starting pitching prospects of varying pedigree but all expected to be better. It’s a testament to the offense, Mike Soroka, Dallas Keuchel, Julio Teheran, Luke Jackson, Sean Newcomb, and other parts of the pen that we’re where we are.
They can play roster gymnastics to move guys around. Folty will probably be ready to come back in no worse than another start at Gwinnett. Kevin Gausman is going to start Sunday, and according to Peanut, he’ll be mostly a two pitch pitcher. Let’s see how that goes. But they have a hard deadline of July 31st this year to make an acquisition. No more can you dip your toe in the water through July 31st, and still have time to do something into August. Teams have to be swift and decisive nowadays, and in some ways, that puts some pressure on the Braves to decide what exactly to do. Obviously you need some sort of acquisition. But to what extent? Who stays, and who goes?