With a shortened Spring Training that was followed by 14 games in 14 days, the Braves opted to begin the season with a six-man rotation. So far, it has had its ups and downs, but it looks Brian Snitker will continue to utilize six starting pitchers, even after the teams’ first off day, which is scheduled for Thursday.
Brian Snitker said the Braves will likely still go with a six-man rotation after Thursday’s off day.
— Justin Toscano (@JustinCToscano) April 19, 2022
I don’t mind this for a couple of reasons. Most importantly, many of these arms are still just getting stretched out. Several of these guys aren’t ready to go six-plus innings just yet. Continuing with a six-man rotation also allows the competition for the fifth spot to continue for a little while longer.
Huascar Ynoa, Bryce Elder, and Spencer Strider are all candidates, but if Ynoa struggles tonight against the Dodgers, I don’t think the Braves will continue to give him more looks as a starter. The battle will likely shrink down to Elder and Strider, and eventually, the Braves will begin to go with the hot hand. I also wouldn’t count out seeing arms like Touki Toussaint, Tucker Davidson, and Kyle Muller back in Atlanta very soon, especially if Ynoa gets shelled tonight.
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