On the mound for Game 3: pic.twitter.com/mkyxcPvQPY
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) October 11, 2023
Bryce Elder’s 2023 campaign has been a tale of two cities.
He was 7-1 with a 2.45 ERA in his first 17 starts en route to an All-Star bid, but had a 5.75 ERA in his final 14 starts with only 48 strikeouts to 33 walks to go with 11 long balls in 72 innings.
In seven of those 14 starts, he lasted five or fewer innings. Braves fans can fully expect Elder’s leash to be short. Brian Snitker isn’t going to let this one get out of hand and very well could have A.J. Smith-Shawver throwing immediately in case Elder runs into trouble.
Hopefully, the two-week rest will help Elder reset to the pitcher he was in the first half because the last time we saw him toe the rubber wasn’t encouraging.
Across his final three starts, he had a 9.49 ERA with more walks than strikeouts in 12.1 innings, lasting only 3.2 innings in each of his final two starts, which includes a September 20th home loss to the Phillies when he allowed three hits, four runs, five walks, and a pair of home runs.