Sean Newcomb, the Braves 24-year-old lefty stud, will be making his 9th start of 2018 tonight (weather permitting). Newk has been elite on the mound so far this season with a sparkling 2.51 ERA and the peripherals to match at a 3.08 FIP along with 54 strikeouts in 46.2 innings this season. Newk is currently riding a 20 inning scoreless streak dating back to his start against Cincinnati on April 26th and will look to continue his early bid for a Cy Young award tonight against the fish.
Update - Matt Wisler has been recalled by the Braves and will get the spot start for Atlanta tonight. This appears to just push everyone back a day for some early extra rest. Wisler has started two games this season an owns a 3.75 ERA and 4.73 FIP.
His opponent will be Dan Straily who has had a rotten season to this point. Straily is allowing home runs at a torrid pace and owns a 5.54 ERA and an astoundingly bad 8.68 FIP. Straily’s walk numbers are through the roof as his K numbers have gone through the floor. It also doesn’t help that he has to face the Braves tonight who have tormented him over his last 7 starts to the tune of a 5.24 ERA.
The Braves will be hoping for a window to get the game in tonight as it looks like even more rain is headed towards SunTrust Park tonight. Stay tuned as Atlanta looks to stretch their division lead.