I’ve said it a few times over the last few days, but if the Braves are going to put together a starting rotation that can compete in October, some of their young arms have to pop. It will be extremely difficult for Alex Anthopoulos to execute a trade this early in the season, considering a 60-game schedule and an expanded playoff format has every organization believing they have a shot, at least at this point. Meaning guys like Kyle Wright, Sean Newcomb, Touki Toussaint, and possibly even prospects like Ian Anderson and Tucker Davidson will have to step up. That’s what Brian Snitker re-iterated to the media on Wednesday before the Braves’ first game at Truist Park.
Snitker on #Braves' needs in starting rotation: "What we need is we need to keep running our young guys out there and let them figure it out, is what we need to do.
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) July 29, 2020
I talked about it this morning in regards to Kyle Wright, and it applies to the rest of the group mentioned above as well — it’s time to sink or swim. The Braves are in a position where they don’t have a choice but to send these young arms out there and hope they grow up as quickly as possible. Luckily, with an expanded playoff format, Atlanta shouldn’t be in jeopardy of missing the playoffs. Max Fried, Mike Soroka, and their offense are enough to carry them to a top-eight record in the National League. So they have 55 more games to figure out who can be the third and fourth options in their rotation come October.