In a somewhat shocking move, Kyle Wright, who has only made two starts this season for the Braves — the last coming on June 23rd — was added to the World Series roster. The former fifth overall pick is sporting a 9.95 ERA thus far in the majors, but the sample size is obviously minuscule, just 6.1 innings.
Wright has dominated in AAA, though. The 25-year-old led the AAA-East league in ERA (3.02) and strikeouts (137), and his numbers only got better as the season progressed. He posted a 2.43 ERA in August and a 2.81-mark in September, leading to the Braves developing some confidence in him, even if he hasn’t pitched in the majors since June.
“Kyle has been throwing really well at Triple-A for a while now,” Snitker said, via Talking Chop’s Kris Willis. “It’s not a small sample size. We go back and look, and he’s really maturing as a pitcher. He’s just been throwing really well, and it’s another length option for us.”
Willis also reported that Snitker said Wright could be an option for the Braves to start Game 4.
“Yeah, absolutely. Game 4 is we’re not tied to anything right now. We’re open to a lot of different options, and he could definitely be one of those.”
A lot of it will obviously depend on what happens in Games 1 through 3. If the Braves find themselves in a hole, I have a hard time believing they will turn to Wright, whose last playoff appearance was one he would like to erase from his memory forever. Remember Game 3 of the 2020 NLCS, when the Dodgers put up an 11 spot in the first inning? However, if the Braves find themselves in a favorable position, it’s very possible they could give him an opportunity. Either way, expect Brian Snitker to have a very short leash with Kyle Wright if he ever does toe the rubber in the World Series.
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