Braves: Can Tucker Davidson be the answer in a rotation that has been plagued by injuries?

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Friend of the podcast Tucker Davidson is slated to make his second career start in the majors tonight after a litany of bad luck for the Braves yesterday. Following the news that came out about Huascar Ynoa breaking his hand after punching the dugout when exiting his start against the Brewers, we were informed that Mike Soroka underwent another Achilles surgery and is not expected to return in 2021. On top of that, Max Fried left his start against the Mets last night in the 7th inning after dominating all night. Thankfully, it’s reported that he was just experiencing some cramping in his hand. Regardless, Tucker Davidson was called up after Jesse Biddle was designated for assignment, and he’s starting tonight against the division leading New York Mets.

Our 8th ranked prospect burst onto the scene after an insanely good 2019 season.

Davidson in 2019 (AA): 110.2 IP, 25 ER, 5 HR, 45 BB, 122 K (2.03 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 3.01 FIP)

Davidson in 2019 (AAA): 19.0 IP, 6 ER, 0 HR, 9 BB, 12 K (2.84 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 4.10 FIP)

Davidson’s WHIP was a little high for numbers that fantastic, but he wasn’t getting extremely lucky, as indicated by his FIP. His 2020 MLB debut didn’t go as planned; he exited after 1.2 innings against Boston, giving up three hits, seven runs (two earned), four walks, and a home run while striking out two. That’s obviously a microscopic sample size. Thankfully for the Braves, Tucker has been dominating AAA hitters in 2021.

Davidson in 2021 (AAA): 14.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 14 K (0.64 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, 2.96 FIP)

Opponents are only hitting .146 against him, and his only run allowed came off a solo home run. Davidson has a golden opportunity to cement a role in a rotation that’s looking for answers. If he can string together a few solid outings, he could become a permanent piece to the major-league club.

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