Sep 1, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; A general view of Turner Field during a game between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies in the fifth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Often heralded for their solid pitching year in and year out for the better part of the past two decades, the Braves are on the verge of the dreaded transitional season. With a mediocre lineup, Atlanta is not expected to even sniff the Washington Nationals’ perch upon the top of the division. The front of the rotation is solid with Julio Teheran, Shelby Miller and Alex Wood leading the way, but Mike Minor is coming off an injury-riddled and ineffective 2014 season. Not to mention former Houston Astros’ farmhand Michael Foltynewicz has an undefined role. Many peg the rookie prospect to be better suited for a closer’s job rather than starting — a spot that could open up should the Braves move Craig Kimbrel. Rather than relying on a guy who has pitched only 18.2 innings in his MLB career, Atlanta could add Wood to the mix and help solidify their pitching staff.
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