It’s only been 3 days since our last Braves Spring Training Notes, but 4 games have passed since then as the Braves played a split-squad game yesterday. Battles for positions are getting heated and are being narrowed down by performance or lack thereof.
Braves Spring Training Notes: Starting Pitching
Newk pitched in Sunday’s game and looked great once again, throwing 4 innings of O run, 3 hit baseball with 2 walks and 4Ks. Here’s Newk himself talking about his Spring:
Also, Sean’s father follows me and this is what he said about Sean’s offseason:
Not to be outdueled, King Felix threw on Monday, going 5 innings, giving up 1 run on 6 hits, 2 walks, while striking out 6.
And this is downright filthy.
After Newk and Felix threw back to back days of good baseball, Mike Soroka had to remind those 2 who the ace on this team is as he went 4 innings of 1 hit baseball, walking 3 and striking out 2.
And if you really want to be impressed, listen to Soroka talk like he’s been pitching for 20 years. Interview conducted by @680theFan:
Braves Spring Training Notes: Relief Pitching
- Will Smith– threw 1.1 inning on Sunday, 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 walk, 2K
- Chris Rusin-threw 1 inning on Sunday and 1 on Tuesday, 0 runs and 1 K each outing. Seems telling that he got 2 outings in close proximity to another.
- Patrick Weigel– threw 1 inning on Sunday, 0 runs, 1K. Still eggs on the ERA.
- Josh Tomlin– Very Tomlin-esque outing on Sunday, 0.2 innings, 2 hits, 1 run.
- Touki Toussaint– Piggybacked on Felix on Monday, threw 4 innings of 1 run baseball, allowing 1 hit, 1 walk and striking out 3. He looks good. He looks fixed.
- Mark Melancon– Had a multi-inning outing on Tuesday, throwing 2 innings of shutout baseball, allowing 2 hits to go along with 2 Ks.
- Chris Martin– In my opinion, the best reliever the Braves have, went 1 inning on Tuesday, striking out 2, and still carrying an unblemished ERA.
- Luke Jackson– Still doing what Luke does and that is allowing baserunners and putting eggs on the scoreboard by striking out everyone. He also has an unblemished ERA.
- Shane Greene– Would the Braves really consider cutting bait with Greene by trading him and/or just releasing him and paying him 1.5MM to walk? He gave up another run in a 1 inning outing via the long ball.
- Grant Dayton– Dayton’s spring keeps getting worse, as he went 1.1 innings on Tuesday, giving up 4 runs, pushing his ERA to 12.71
- Phil Pfeifer– His ERA is unblemished no more, as he allowed a run in 1.1 innings of work on Tuesday, and ERA ballooned all the way up to 1.23.
- Tucker Davidson– He’s walked 4, hit one, and given up 5 hits, yet Tucker has a 1.42 ERA. Had a clean inning on Tuesday and reports on his stuff were good.
Braves Spring Training Notes: Hitters
If you haven’t been paying attention, Cristian Pache is a man on a mission and the word “man” shouldn’t be used lightly as he’s a 6’2, 215 pound beast now. Here’s Pache destroying a baseball on Tuesday and pushing his OPS to 863 OPS on the spring.
Austin Riley continues to hit, going 2-4, 1 walk, 1 double over the course of these games. OPS now a cool 1.009. What a bum.
Drew Waters is doing something extraordinary, but not good extraordinary, bad extraordinary. Between strike 3 batflips and dropping F-bombs after called strike 3’s, Waters has now struck out in 2/3 of his Spring Training at-bats. I still believe in the talent, but the separation between he and Pache as prospects is getting larger. Was Keith Law right?
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