In some news that will disappoint Braves fans hoping to see Tucker Davidson or Ian Anderson, Josh Tomlin will get the ball Tuesday against Washington.
Braves will avoid all of the Nats' Big 3 starters Scherzer (pitching today), Strasburg (injured) and Corbin (pitched Saturday)
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) August 16, 2020
There was some speculation on my part that Atlanta started Erlin today so Davidson/Anderson/Weigel wouldn’t have to travel down to Miami on short notice. However, it seems the club wants to take some more time to evaluate what they have, as surprise hero Josh Tomlin will take the mound in what seems to be an “opener” type game. He’s typically limited to around 60 pitches, so if he can give Atlanta 5 strong innings against the reigning champs — it’ll be a success.
I find it a little puzzling that the Braves aren’t moving forward with a prospect. Considering Kyle Muller and Ian Anderson faced off in the intrasquad scrimmage Saturday, it isn’t a surprise neither of them are getting called up. However, with Anderson throwing 6 innings with 12 Ks and ZERO walks, the cries for him are only going to get louder.
Tomlin has earned this start. He’s only given up 2 ER in 11.1 innings working out of the ‘pen, and he’s been the 2nd best pitcher on the Braves if you don’t count the shelved Mike Soroka.
I still fully expect the team to call up Pache to replace the struggling Ender Inciarte. The offense needs some juice in the worst type of way.
Of the 220 players who have totaled at least 50 plate appearances, Riley ranks 204th with 45 wRC+ and Inciarte 206th with 40 wRC+.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) August 16, 2020
We’ll keep you updated with any more roster moves.