The Braves could have a spot in their rotation open up soon. Ian Anderson was recently optioned to Gwinnett, and Jake Odorizzi didn’t look particularly promising in his first outing in a Braves uniform. Ideally, one of them will be the answer to the team’s final rotation spot, but Atlanta could turn to Kyle Muller if both of them continue to struggle. The 6’7″ left-hander returned to the mound on Saturday for the Stripers.
Unfortunately, the start didn’t go quite the way Muller envisioned. He surrendered five earned runs on six hits over 4.2 innings of work.
Kyle Muller, who'd suffered a broken bone in his non-pitching hand, made his first start since July 14 on Saturday. He went 4.2 IP and allowed 5 ER on 6 H. Bad start, sure, but that came after a 3 week layoff. He's been outstanding overall in Gwinnett this season. #Braves
— Grant McAuley (@grantmcauley) August 7, 2022
Despite the forgetful outing, Muller’s been dominant in Gwinnett. Before the injury to his hand, he had only allowed more than two earned runs in one start out of his last eight. But more importantly, he seemed to find his control, which — like most young arms — was the primary thing holding him back.
If that continues, there’s no doubt in my mind Kyle Muller will find a permanent place in Atlanta sooner rather than later. His performances are something to keep an eye on moving forward. There’s a chance he could have a substantial role on the Braves down the stretch run and into the postseason.
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