A little less than an hour before Wednesday night’s scheduled rubber match with the Washington Nationals, the skies opened up over Truist Park. And as they have throughout this shortened season, the umpires quickly postponed the game and scheduled a double-header next month. So we will have to wait two more days (the Braves are off tomorrow) before we witness Cristian Pache’s MLB debut. It also means we won’t see Kyle Wright for at least another five days, who was supposed to pitch tonight.
Not long after the game was canceled, the Braves tweeted out their probable starters for their weekend series against the Phillies, and Wright was not included.
The #Braves scheduled starters for this weekend’s series against the Phillies will be the following:
LHP Max Fried
LHP Robbie Erlin
RHP Josh Tomlin
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 19, 2020
Brian Snitker will turn to his ace in Game 1, and then the rest of the series will be handled by the bullpen, starting with Robbie Erlin in Game 2 and Josh Tomlin in Game 3.
This is just another sign that the Braves aren’t playing around with their rotation during this shortened season. They’ve already DFA’d Mike Foltynewicz and optioned Sean Newcomb to Gwinnett. Now, Wright appears to be on his final straw after a poor start last time out against the Marlins.
It’s difficult to argue with the Braves logic, given Wright has only made it longer than 3.1 innings once in four outings this season. However, he’s one of the few starting arms the Braves have right now that could potentially be an option behind Max Fried. The bullpen has been incredible through the first 25 games, but they can’t be counted on to carry the whole load through the season and into the playoffs. We’ll see how the Braves decide to handle Wright going forward, but it appears their patience is running thin.