The Braves haven’t had a rookie starter throw 6 innings of 1 hit ball since Ian Anderson went 7 innings on September 12th. That drought came to an end on Sunday as Kyle Wright went 6 1/3 innings to pick up his 2nd career win. Wright walked only his last batter, and struck out 6, to build from his encouraging start last week.
Rick Porcello was great for the Mets, going 7 innings, striking out 10 and allowing only 3 hits. One of those hits, however, was a solo home run by Ronald Acuna Jr. to open the scoring in the top of the 6th. The Mets bullpen was not so amazing, as a Travis d’Arnaud double cashed in 2 Jeurys Familia walks in the 8th, and Acuna’s bases clearing double in the 9th cost Mark Melancon a save. Marcell Ozuna doubled home Acuna with the final run.
Will Smith threw 2 pitches to erase Wright’s walk with a double play, and Chris Martin tossed a hitless 8th. Melancon gave up a couple of hits to start the 9th, but a double play helped him preserve the shutout.
Per Stathead, Wright’s effort marked only the 20th time in 53 starts that Braves starters have managed to complete 5 innings (38%.) Compare this to the rest of the National League, who coming into Sunday had done it 435 times out of 723 (60%.) Eighteen times Braves starters have failed to complete even 4 innings. Brian Snitker‘s bullpen management might drive one crazy on a day to day basis, but in this context, if he coaxes this unit to the NL East title he should be a serious candidate for Manager of the Year.
The Braves have completed 88% of their season, and the entirety of the road portion. They hold a 3 game lead over the Marlins, who come to Atlanta Monday for the first of 4. Huascar Ynoa and Trevor Rogers scheduled.