Sean Newcomb may be pitching for a rotation spot Sunday!
WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Talking Chop User’s GuideTalking Chop PodcastAround the NL EastBaseball Analysis PrimerBraves look to rebound in rubber match vs MarlinsNew http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey ,40commentsSean Newcomb may be pitching for a rotation spot Sunday!EDTShareTweetShareShareBraves look to rebound in rubber match vs MarlinsBrett Davis-USA TODAY Sports“They’re so hell-bent on giving, walking a wireConvinced its not living if you stand outside the fire.”Garth Brooks is by far my favorite musician of all time. One of my favorite songs of his is “Standing Outside the Fire”. The lyrics above are from that song, and I feel are very applicable to the Braves. If Tiger Woods has become the official meme, then these words should be the official theme. The Braves pitching staff is fully intent on giving Hotlanta a new meaning. In 2018, The Braves were third in the league for most games giving up 5 walks or more, with 53. In 2019, they are averaging five walks a game. For individual pitchers, Julio Teheran and Sean Newcomb were first and third amongst starters in number of starts giving up three walks or morein 2018. In their three combined starts this year, they have issued nine total walks. The Braves are consistently playing with fire, and have been burned multiple times already this year. Despite the horrid control issues to start the season, the Braves have had some very needed and encouraging results over the past three games. Max Fried, Kevin Gausman, and Kyle Wright have combined for 19 IP, a 16/3 K/BB ratio, 8 hits allowed, and only 2 runs. Combined with Folty returning in the next week, these dominant starts may have put a few rotation spots up for grabs, including Newcomb’s.As a result, Newcomb needs a solid start on Sunday. Furthermore, the Braves need it as well. Despite 3 straight games of the starters going 6 or more innings, the bullpen has still given up 6 runs in that stretch. They were 10 feet away from that being 10 runs on StarlinCastro’s deep fly ball to end the game with the bases loaded Friday night. The last thing the Braves need is for Newcomb to struggle early in the game and getting into a high pitch count early. Unfortunately, Newcomb likely will not be working in the most ideal conditions to be productive. A hamstring injury has placed Brian McCann on the IL. A triple digit heater to the hand has cast doubt on Tyler Flowers’s ability to play. As a result, Alex Jackson may get his first start Sunday at catcher in the major leagues. And while Jackson has good potential at the plate, he is still a work in progress behind it. Newcomb will need to be on top of his game with a rookie catcher potentially making his debut.Thankfully, there is a silver lining.The Braves will be facing a southpaw in the person of Caleb Smith on Sunday. This obviously is a positive development with the Braves overwhelming success against left-handers since the beginning of 2018. The ironic thing is that in Smith’s one career start against Atlanta last year, it was left-handed Braves’ hitters who had the most success. Freddie Freeman had five hits while Ender Inciarte contributed 3 of his own. Ozzie Albies may have had his best game so far in the big leagues that day as well, earning a career high 5 RBIS. As mentioned above, there should be no doubt this is a big start for Sean Newcomb. With the Braves drastically needing another deep performance from a starter, Newcomb needs to perform well against one of the weaker lineups in baseball. Furthermore Mark Melancon Jersey , coming off some unlucky hard-hit outs on Saturday night, the Braves’ hitters should have plenty of motivation to do some damage. Even if Newcomb struggles, the offense should find enough success to pull off the win. BOLD PREDICTION: Alex Jackson’s first hit is for extra bases, and the Braves hit multiple homers. Game InfoGame Date/Time: SundayLocation: SunTrust Park, Atlanta, Georgia, April 7th, 1:20 PM ESTTV: Fox Sports SouthStreaming: MLB.tvRadio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM The Fan, Rock 100.5, Braves Radio Network The Oakland Athletics are going into Yankee Stadium Wednesday night and hope to ruin the potential drama of a postseason series between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.The A's and the Yankees will go at it Wednesday night in the American League Wild Card Game, and the winner will play the Yankees in an American League Division Series.The Red Sox will host the first two games of the series, and they will also host a fifth game if the series goes that far. The Cleveland Indians and the Houston Astros, the American League's last two participants in the World Series, will meet in the other ALDS. The Astros have the home-field advantage in that series.Postseason ScheduleAmerican League Wild-Card GamesWednesday, October 3, A's at Yankees, 8 p.m. ET, TBSDivision SeriesALDSFriday, October 5, Yankees/A's at Red Sox, Game 1, TBSFriday, October 5, Indians at Astros, Game 1, TBSSaturday, October 6 Yankees/A's at Red Sox, Game 2, TBSSaturday Deion Sanders Jersey , October 6, Indians at Astros, Game 2, TBSMonday, October 8, Red Sox at Yankees/A's, Game 3, TBSMonday, October 8, Astros at Indians, Game 3, TBSTuesday, October 9, Red Sox at Yankees/A's, Game 4*, TBSTuesday, October 9, Astros at Indians, Game 4*, TBSThursday, October 11, Yankees/A's at Red Sox, Game 5*, TBSThursday, October 11, Indians at Astros, Game 5*, TBS*If necessaryAll postseason games can be live-streamed on MLB.TV.The Yankees will send Luis Severino to the mound in an effort to shut down the home-run hitting attack of the A's.Severino was one of the best pitchers in the American League through the first half of the season, but he struggled quite a bit after the All-Star Game.However Alen Hanson Jersey , he closed the season by winning his last two starts, and he had a 19-8 record and a 3.39 earned-run average this season. Severino is looking forward to his starting opportunity in the wild-card game."I just want to win," Severino said, per Coley Harvey of ESPN.com. "Whatever happens, if I can go four good innings and then the bullpen comes, that would be great. I just want to win and move up and go to Boston and try to win there."The A's are planning to make this a bullpen game, as Australian-born Liam Hendriks will be the opener. Hendriks had an 0-1 record this season with a 4.13 ERA. Hendriks is not likely to go more than an inning, as he pitched 24 innings in his 25 appearances, eight of which he started.The A's will depend on the slugging of American League home run leader Khris Davis (48 home runs), along with Matt Olson (29 homers), Stephen Piscotty (27 home runs), Matt Chapman (24 home runs) and Jed Lowrie (23 homers).The Yankees depend on the power bat of Giancarlo Stanton, who belted 38 home runs in his first season with the Bronx Bombers. Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, Didi Gregorius and Miguel Andujar hit 27 homers each for Aaron Boone's Yankees.The winner will play Game 1 of the ALDS at Fenway Park Friday night. The Red Sox are led by MVP candidates Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez, and left-handed ace Chris Sale will get the start.Betts led the American League in hitting with a .346 batting average, and he joined the 30-30 club with 32 home runs and 30 stolen bases. Martinez bashed 43 home runs and drove in an American League-best 130 runs.Sale was troubled by shoulder issues in the second half of the season and his velocity was down in his last start. Still, Sale had a 12-4 record with a 2.11 ERA and 237 strikeouts. The Red Sox are hoping he returns to the form he had in the first half of the season.The Indians are another slugging team capable of wrecking any pitching staff. Jose Ramirez had 39 home runs, 105 RBI and a .552 slugging percentage. Shortstop Francisco Lindor tallied 38 home runs and Edwin Encarnacion blasted 32 homers and knocked in a team-high 107 runs.Corey Kluber is once again the ace of the staff with a 20-7 record, 222 strikeouts, a 2.89 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. He is joined by starters Mike Clevinger, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer.Houston Astros astrosCount 鈥榚m! 鉁?6U3zAfpqlbThe Astros are led by Alex Bregman, who hit a team-high 31 home runs with 103 RBI and a .532 slugging percentage. George Springer added 22 home runs while Jose Altuve battled injuries but still hit .316 with 84 runs scored.Houston's pitching staff is led by Justin Verlander, and he is joined by Dallas Keuchel, Gerrit Cole and Charlie Morton. All four started 30 or more games for Astros manager A.J. Hinch.