Braves: Kyle Wright deserves this moment

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Before the season started, I personally had high hopes for Kyle Wright. I thought he would turn things around and become the pitcher we saw during the World Series. Still, not even I saw this coming:

Now, Wright has won 20 games — the first Atlanta pitcher to do so since Russ Ortiz in 2003:

I’ve long maintained that pitching wins are a bit of a misleading stat, empty calories if you will. Regardless, there’s no denying that Kyle Wright is a completely different pitcher, and TWENTY wins is a remarkable achievement. The proof is in Wright’s earned run average:

2019: 8.69 ERA

2020: 5.21 ERA

2021: 9.95 ERA

Before 2022, Wright’s highest win total for a season was… two. Both of them came during a COVID-shortened 2020 season. However, when Wright had to come out of the bullpen during the 2021 World Series, he looked way more confident than we had ever seen. Perhaps that came from pitching almost a whole season in AAA, and looking pretty good while doing it. He deserves his credit, 20 wins or not. He has really helped stabilize a Braves rotation that needed it with Ian Anderson‘s struggles. Hopefully, Wright can continue his good work into the playoffs.

Photographer: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire

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