I didn’t watch this game. Sean Newcomb put in his typical outing: 7 baserunners (4 of which were walks) in 5 IP with 7 K’s. Newcomb’s had a decent rookie campaign. 4.32 ERA, 4.19 FIP, and 1.3 fWAR in 100 IP and 19 GS. So he’s averaging a little over 5 IP per start, and he’s striking out a little over a batter an inning. But the 5 BB/9 is consistent with his 5.49 BB/9 in his minor league career. Bottom line: he will be a serviceable 5th starter and nothing more if his control doesn’t improve. At least for me, as a fan, his starts won’t be particularly enjoyable to watch. But that’s just this guy’s opinion.
The bullpen B-squad got their work in. Jason Motte and Matt Wisler both put in scoreless innings but with two walks apiece, and Gas Can Jim Johnson was hurt by a Freddie Freeman error to let a 3-run homer and run-scoring double to have four unearned runs come across. Whatever.
I would say that the only real developments happening on the offense front is the playing time being given to potential 2018 pieces. Lane Adams, Jace Peterson, and Rio Ruiz have been given lots of playing time to identify whether or not they factor into the team’s plans going forward. Other than that, it’s riding out the string.
The Braves were 12-15 on days I recapped, so I was neither good luck nor bad luck.
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