With Spencer Strider set to miss the rest of the regular season, the Braves decided to shuffle things around so that Max Fried, Charlie Morton, and Kyle Wright will start this weekend against the Mets. Bryce Elder is set to start tonight in Fried’s place, and tomorrow, the Braves will turn to Kyle Muller, who will make his first appearance in the majors since August 13th when he pitched against the Marlins.
Kyle Muller will start on Tuesday for Atlanta.
— Justin Toscano (@JustinCToscano) September 26, 2022
The last time we saw Muller, he tossed five innings of two-run ball in a win over the Fish, which was a much better result than the first time he pitched for the Braves this season. On May 1st, the lumbering southpaw took the mound against the Rangers, surrendering seven earned runs in just 2.2 innings.
Like most pitchers, the key to Muller’s development has been his control. For most of his minor-league career and in the majors, he’s given up way too many free passes for sustained success. However, that changed this season in Gwinnett. Muller’s walked just 2.7 batters per nine innings, exactly two walks less per nine innings at the same level last year.
With the Braves trailing by 1.5 games in the division with less than 10 games left on the schedule, they are going to need some Herculean performances from a couple of rookies against the Nationals. Bryce Elder is up first tonight, and Kyle Muller will need to step up tomorrow for the Braves to have any chance of catching the Mets.
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