Braves Pitching Analysis and Breakdown 2017
Highly touted young starters Sean Newcomb and Lucas Sims have arrived in Atlanta, as the Braves future unfolds. Both have shown flashes as well as the growing pains that almost always happens with young starters. Overall, Braves fans should be optimistic with what these two 23-year olds have displayed.
Julio Teheran and Mike Foltynewicz, supposedly the Braves top two starters, have had inconsistent seasons. They both need to finish strong and show they can be cornerstones in the Braves rotation. Although there are doubts that Teheran will be with the Braves in 2018.
The Braves starting rotation in many ways has been the biggest surprise in 2017. Unfortunately, it has not been in a good way. While Bartolo Colon was a monumental bust, did you know R.A. Dickey and the exiled Jaime Garcia currently lead Braves starters for the season in both ERA and WHIP? That wasn’t supposed to happen.
What this means is that first year pitching coach Chuck Hernandez will be answering tough questions in the off season. The 42-year old Dickey is his own pitching coach, you can tell that by his post game interviews.There’s no Chuck Hernandez attaboys to be had for the good work Dickey and his knuckleball have done in 2017.
Even though Jamie Garcia has the second best starter stats, they are mediocre. The bullpen overall has been below average with closer Jim Johnson in particular crapping out.
I don’t know Chuck Hernandez personally, don’t even know what he looks like. If you review what he has done in 2017 with the talent he was handed, I’d have to say the verdict is guilty. I’m not sure the best defense attorney in American could defend Hernandez’s record this season.
After four straight losing seasons and the Braves pitching rebuild sputtering, I expect Braves pitching coach Chuck Hernandez will be taking his mail next year in another city.