In today’s Braves vs. Mariners Rubber match, Jared Shuster will face off against George Kirby. If the Braves are going to take the series, they’ll have to find their bats and their balls. It’s a 1:35 ET start.


Braves bullpen games aren’t working. While Brian Snitker doesn’t really have a choice since his rotation consists of 3 pitchers, Alex Anthopoulos does have a choice. The team has lost 6 of their last 9 and all three bullpen games during that span have resulted in L’s. While Michael Soroka, Dylan Dodd, or newly acquired Dereck Rodriguez might not be ready, it’s time to shift philosophy and get back to a 5-man rotation. The bullpen is in absolute shambles and while it might have 0 to do with bullpen games, shaking it up and trying to rid bad juju seems like the right move.

Could Some Bullpen Guys Be Stretched Out?

The bullpen is overcrowded and the rotation is thin. Dylan Lee went to the 15-day IL and Lucas Luetge was activated. A.J. Minter makes 2 lefties in the pen, and Danny Young, who’s been quite successful in the Braves bullpen this year, was sent back to AAA. When Lee is ready to come back, I think it would be in the Braves best interest to try and stretch him out for 5 inning stints and insert him into the rotation. The same can be said for Jesse Chavez. Both guys have looked strong when giving the team 2-3 innings and I have no doubt they could give the team 5.

If both Chavez and Lee entered the chat, that would give the team a bullpen of:

Low Leverage


High Leverage

While there’s not much confidence in this group right now, there’s a lot to like about these 8 in the long run, and there’s no reason why this group can’t be a top-10 bullpen by season’s end.

Braves Lineup

Hold ’em under, boys.