The Braves optioned lefty Sean Newcomb to the team’s alternate training site after tonight’s game. He’ll remain on the 40-man roster and in the 60-man player pool.
This is the latest in a series of hits to the Atlanta rotation. In this case, as with Mike Foltynewicz, it’s simply a matter of inadequate performance.
Newcomb, 27, was bombed in a forgettable start this evening. He recorded only four outs while doling out a pair of walks and a pair of long balls and permitting eight total earned runs.
That performance represented another segment of a roller coaster season … which is itself but a part of a rather topsy-turvy career. The southpaw has had his share of success but never quite fully found his groove in the majors.
In 2018, Newcomb emerged as a solid rotation piece, running a 3.90 ERA in 164 frames. He ended up spending most of last year in the bullpen, where he worked to a 3.04 ERA in 51 appearances.
The Braves had cause to hope that Newcomb might step up when the opportunity arose to return to the rotation. Instead, he’ll have to earn his way back to the active roster. It’s back to the drawing board for the club, which will have to dip into the farm for another arm to start (or help man a bullpen game).
not exacly the best start, but who is replacing him?
So ready to see Ian Anderson
Would love that, but it’ll be someone less exciting. Davidson. Wilson.
I think there are a couple guys ahead of Anderson still. Davidson, Wilson, and possibly Weigel get at least 1 start before Andersen.
The singer from Jethro Tull?
That might be an improvement.
Suffer, I absolutely think of this every time too!!
Davidson and Anderson were a 2 headed monster at AA. Both were promoted midseason to AAA Gwinnett. Davidson shined while Anderson struggled. Davidson is a couple year older than Anderson. Davidson seems the logical choice to me.
also in other news i expect the Phillies to DFA Kelley and keep Pivetta. sure you don’t want Pivetta for Newk, ATL?
I’m sure we don’t want Pivetta.
Hopefully Tucker Davidson gets a shot.
Newk goes back down and maybe gets ready to move back to the bullpen.
honestly i hope someone wants Pivetta. this team probably will never DFA him, just like VV.
Those two will probably retire as Phillies somehow. Smh. They should both have been gone like yesterday. Pivetta should be released before tomorrow’s game.
Cubs will soon have José Quintana up and ready. That could be of interest to the Braves.
The Cubs are leading the central…why would they trade Quintana when he could help them?
The Braves just seem like a team that is so close to putting it together but just can’t. They have the proven MLB pieces. Acuna, Freeman and Albies could all finish in the top 10 of MVP voting. Soroaka has been awesome, but he’s sadly out now because of that really unlucky injury. It’s a big if, but if their pitching prospects could just get it going, they could be a really good team.
Touki and Wright have been more good than bad. Braves FO are tired of being patient and now it’s pitch or ditch. I would not be surprised to see someone not on the 40 be promoted to tryout. Man, I wish we had MadBum…haha…!
Maybe we can get him after he’s released from the Doctor’s care.
It’s been close but no cigar for the Braves for about 2.5 decades now. The biggest tease in baseball when you take into account the numerous Hall of Famers, All-Stars, Glove Glovers, and other just really good or solid MLB players that have passed through Atlanta since 1995.
Don’t read too much into this. This is likely to allow them to call someone up while he rest until his “next start” and retrain that arm back into the bullpen. I know tonight isn’t a good example, but he’s clearly much better in the pen. Basically giving them a fresher arm until his arm is ready to be back in the pen, which could simply be a short period of rest
Obviously tonight was NOT good, but his other starts have all been fairly decent through the first 3-4 innings…maybe make him an “opener” and just put him on a 9 batter leash…1 trip through the lineup.
Yea, I’m just not sure he’s consistent enough to be an opener. But I do agree he might be good and showed that he’s not typically terrible in the first couple innings. But I still think he’s a bullpen arm, 1 inning, 2 innings at most
LoL…they won’t even let him ride on the bus back.
I love being right.
Who is next? Probably whoever ends up stinking up the joint first…Wright or Touki? Will be both eventually.
Celebrating other’s failures? Your life must be grand.
No not celebrating. Correctly predicting this team will be terrible again because they are relying too much on garbage aka Faulty, Newcomb, and whoever they put in the fifth spot.
But I look at this season as a eye-opener for the Braves. This off season will be telling how much this team actually cares about winning something beyond a useless division title.
But this also reminds me how terrible the Braves are when they traded Simmons and Kimbrel for Wisler and Newcomb.
Such great baseball minds.
They are relying too much on garbage? Did you read the article where they optioned Newcomb? How about Folty? They are NOT relying on them anymore. They will go through another off-season trying to avoid another disaster free agent signing like your MadBum and his 88mph FB.
Could be worse. They could’ve thrown a lot of money at Madbum like you wanted.
Heading into this season (pre-pandemic or not) with Faulty and Newcomb in mind was the problem.
If I could see how terrible these two were, then I expect the minds that get paid to do this to see it too.
Instead, they went cheap and hoped they will get a miracle.
I’m happy the rotation is failing. Looking forward to 2021 with the same garbage though.
The irony is we are watching prospect by prospect failing and failing, yet somehow people are too delusional enough to see the common denominator.
The textbook excuse is they are young.
Their minor league numbers prove they will not be successful.
We saw it with Newcomb, Faulty, Wisler, Wright, Touki, and will see it with Anderson whenever he gets called up.
Cheap…signing Will Smith, Ozuna, Hamels for approximately what ARZ paid for your MadBum. It’s called diversification.
I could go through every single team and point out the same amount of failed prospects bc most fail period. dont be such a dufus.
They traded Kimbrel to get out of the Upton contract
11-7 with a 7-2 home record is not what I would call terrible.
Don’t you first have to be right to enjoy it?
I see this troll is still around
…as MadBum takes up an IL spot collecting those dollars trying to figure out that 88-mph FB. lol
Yeah, you were SO right about Bumgarner.
Sigh.. the Braves are doing this because they gave them chances to see if these pitchers could cut it and they haven’t. All you are doing is making predictions before a legitimate chance has been given. If I predicted that 100% of prospects would fail I would be right 75% of the time. Try predicting which prospects will succeed and that would be something.
Soroka). But I don’t like any of their other prospects…although Davidson might have something.
Don’t care about Anderson. He will be a failure like Wright.
Were you wright about fried? how about admitting when you are wrong also. be a man!
What about Fried? He is nothing more than a #3 at best. Of course, it is easy to label him an ace in a Braves rotation.
Look at his stats. or do you not do that?
How many teams 3 starter are 3-0 with a 1.59 era and and 1.1 war. will wait for your educared response.
Right?! Dude, even if every single prospect fails (which they won’t) they’ll still be less of a hindrance than if they had signed MadBum.
You are so far from right that you wouldn’t be able to find it on a map.
Hey AcunaSTILLOVERRATED! Where have you been? Everybody was looking for you yesterday on the “Madison Bumgarner to be Evaluated by team doctors” thread. Why didn’t you come by? We know you are a huge fan. Maybe you should go check it out now.
No answer AcunaSTILLOVERRATED? That’s funny. You usually have SO MUCH to say.
Your username is simply embarrassing, but everyone knows you’re not a Braves supporter or fan, you’re just a troll. How’s BumgarnerequalsNLCS going? I doubt you’ve ever swung a bat at any level of baseball, however figuratively speaking you’ve struck out on 3 pitches. Take a seat and find a new username, troll.
isn’t it about time you change your name to something else?
You literally had to change your name because of how horribly, publicly wrong you were. My guess is you’ll do it again soon when it becomes completely indefensible to trash one of the brightest young superstars in MLB (hint: it kinda already is). GO AWAY TROLL.
Are the Braves ever going to give Bryse Wilson another shot?
Probably but he hasn’t really done much to earn it.
Agreed I’ll think they’ll go with Wilson, although he seems he really should be considered for mop up duty in the bullpen
Finally. At this point, just have your young guys follow Fried in the rotation. They have no shot to truly compete if they make the playoffs so this is the perfect season to see how to move forward starting in 2021.
The Phillies spittle really follow suit with Pivetta.
Shoulda kept Teheran the lifer.
He’s getting hit pretty hard in LA tonight.
*Anaheim (before anyone loses their mind)
The homeruns he gave up travelled from Anaheim to LA so you are right on both counts
Newk is meant to be a RP. He’s a pretty good one at that. Why they tried putting him in the rotation again, I don’t know. Hopefully this is just to rest his arm for a return to the pen, though, as someone else pointed out.
Newcomb reminds me of ’90s Braves pitcher Pete Smith. He looks great warming up. Then the game starts.
Braves are sitting pretty like they do every year but they can’t seem to put together good pitching in games that actually matter. Almost the same problem as the Twins. Both are destined to lose in the postseason.
Don’t be mistaken, the current issues are a manifestation of years worth of hubris regarding their prospects. Three solid and affordable starters in Keuchel, Sanchez, and Teherán have walked out the door since 2018. In the meantime, pitchers like Morton, Bauer, Gray, Minor, Lynn, Grienke, and others have been available and likely in or near the Braves budget be it sign or trade.
Quite simply, they made a mistake choosing to add to the back half of the rotation opposed to the top. Can’t predict Hamel’s injury, but hedging your bets on a washed Felix Hernandez or Sean Newcomb suddenly not walking people was fallacy.
I had hoped Hamels was going to be a precursor to a more significant rotation addition, but it never came. Had they gotten someone to pair with Soroka and Fried along with Folty and Hamels on the backend, would’ve made a formidable rotation with pieces like Felix and Newcomb as depth. Alas, everything that could’ve gone wrong has gone wrong.
At this point, the best hope is that Touki continues to establish himself and Hamels/Folty are able to get healthier in time to potentially be additions in September.
I partially agree with you, Brandon. They have put too much belief in the idea that many of these young pitchers will step up, and most won’t. Hence they went the stop gap route with Hamels, Felix and Newk.
They have enough guys to rotate through the 4th and 5th spots, though. Depth isn’t the issue. There was no way to forsee the Sororka injury, so I give them a pass there. What they needed was a low-end #2 or high-end #3 type.
I don’t however see letting Tehran or Keuchel walk as a mistake. They’re just more of the 4-5 filler type now.
They should’ve gone in with Sororka, Freid, an addition, and then Folty. Give the youngs guys a chance to duke it out with Folty for the 4th and 5th spots. Newk never should’ve been pulled from the pen.