The Atlanta Braves won their first game of the young season beating the Cubs 8-0 in an early blowout. Still there were worrisome signs for a shaky Atlanta Braves rotation.
The first time through the Atlanta Braves rotation has been questionable at best. Even in last night’s win Sean Newcomb couldn’t make pitches when he needed to. Despite the fact the Cubs were shutout Newcomb walked hitters consistently and couldn’t make it through five innings.
The Braves are yet to see a starter have a solid outing four games into the season. Though in fairness, they are without two of their best pitchers in Mike Foltynewicz and Kevin Gausman.
Both players are expected to be back later this month and will be a huge boost to what has been a very shaky rotation.
Sitting at 1-3 the Braves still have plenty of time to turn their April around but must have better pitching from their rotation.
Even if they give up runs eating so few innings per start is going to leave the Atlanta bullpen gassed by the end of the season.
Atlanta will enjoy a day off before finishing up their three game series with the Cubs. Despite the win the team is still obviously in need of pitching help and could still make a move if the right trade or free agent worked out.
The team remains unwilling, however, to spend what it would take to land an arm like Craig Kimbrel. Leaving Atlanta with nothing but hope their young rotation can learn to eat innings and their bullpen to stop handing out walks freely.
The Braves next game will be at SunTrust Park on Wednesday night as the team continues to try and rebound from their opening series sweep. More to come as the Braves season continues to get underway.