One of the big story lines for the Braves in 2019 has been the struggles of the bullpen. The Braves’ relief corps currently ranks 23rd league in fWAR (-0.3 fWAR), 19th in ERA (4.61), and 22nd in FIP (5.17). While not a total dumpster fire like the Orioles’ is right now, these numbers are not super encouraging for a team that wants to stay in contention and the eye test seems to match the numbers as the later innings have been, at best, an adventure for the Braves since the season started.
One of the guys that got the brunt of the ire from Braves fans was Shane Carle. After a really strong start to the 2018 season, Carle has been maddening out of the pen with a walk rate of 6.43 per nine innings in the second half of 2018. His start to the 2019 season was worse as he posted a 12.27 ERA and 14.87 FIP in three appearances before the Braves sent him down to Gwinnett. Now, with some roster shuffling happening, it looks like Carle will get another look
How long Carle will stay up remains to be seen. On the one hand, he has been pretty bad to start the season and struggled for a large portion of the 2018 season. However, the Braves also are really thin on options at the moment in the bullpen and are having to rely on some young arms to try and right the ship. It is possible that Carle could head straight back to Gwinnett when the next roster move happens whether that be in the rotation or bullpen, but for the moment, Carle will get another shot to make a better impression before guys like Grant Dayton or Corbin Clouse get a look.