Braves: Consistency is key for Touki Toussaint, who has a chance to prove that he belongs in Atlanta

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Atlanta’s bullpen woes have been well documented, and it’s a foregone conclusion that the Braves will have to make some moves at the trade deadline if they want a prayer of making the postseason. For now, there aren’t too many in-house options, which gives an old friend a chance to make the most of what may be his last opportunity.

Toussaint is currently on a rehab stint after serving time on the 60-day IL, but he has had two solid outings so far in 2021. Over two starts with Rome and Mississippi, Toussaint has pitched 6.2 innings, allowing two hits, three earned runs, and three walks. However, his advanced statistics are much more promising. He’s only giving up a .095 batting average and boasts a nice 0.75 WHIP. As long as he can reduce his walks, Toussaint could be a huge boost to Atlanta’s bullpen, or possibly even the rotation if injuries keep piling up.

The majors haven’t been too kind to Toussaint so far, but he has had some eye-popping outings. In 2019, Toussaint began the season by pitching six scoreless innings against the Mets. However, in his next start, he only made it 1.1 innings and got tagged for seven runs. He went on to only allow three earned runs in all of May and was solid enough in June but started getting tagged again in July, which eventually led to his demotion.

Touki had a forgettable 2020, as he allowed a 8.88 ERA over 24.2 innings. However, there’s no denying he has filthy stuff — he just has to put it all together. I haven’t given up on Toussaint just yet, but this may be his last chance to show that he can make it work with the Braves. I’ll be rooting for him.

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