To the surprise of nobody, Mike Soroka will toe the rubber for the Braves on July 24th against the Mets.
Mike Soroka will be the Braves’ opening day starter, Brian Snitker announced.
— Gabe Burns (@GabeBurnsAJC) July 14, 2020
At 22, Soroka will be the youngest Opening Day starter for a franchise with a rich pitching history. Julio Teheran’s Opening Day streak for Atlanta, which was the longest in the MLB, has been snapped after he left this offseason for LA. Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz all tended to rotate even later into their careers — and Soroka will hopefully hold down this spot for a long time, potentially setting a franchise record if he keeps up this pace. Niekro has the most number of total starts at 8, and Teheran has the franchise record with six consecutive. Soroka starting on Opening Day christens a new era for Braves pitching, and Maple Maddux can hopefully look the part of Greg — who made seven Opening Day starts and won six of them.