“America's Team” has fallen! The Atlanta Braves are at +15000 to win the World Series. This was a team that dominated baseball for 2 decades before declining last season. Where do they go from here?
Teheran is coming off of his worst season of his major league career at 11-8 with a 4.04 ERA. Some of it was that he was on an awful team and part of it is that he didn't pitch particularly well. His 40-30 record with a 3.44 ERA for his career indicates that he's an above average pitcher.
Aside from numbers this is a pitcher that can shut a team out on any given start. The only problem that I have is that he's not a legitimate ace.
I think that he's a “soft #2 man or a strong #3 on a staff for a good team, but we have to remember, this is the Braves that were talking about.
Teheran did manage to pitch 200 2/3 innings last season and although I definitely expect his earned run average to improve, his record remains to be seen as he can't control the run support that he receives.
Youth is On Wisler's Side
While this is true, that is all that can be said about this 2nd year pitcher as he was 8-8 with a 4.71 ERA with the San Diego Padres. I realize that he needs more time to mature and the Padres were a weak offensive club, but he's coming over to another weak offensive club.
Matt Wisler might very well improve upon his rookie season, but to have him slated as a number 2 pitcher is an outright joke and doesn't say much for Atlanta. In 109 innings, Wisler allowed the opposition to hit .282 off of him and he allowed a lot of home runs. I don't see any indication that he will be a much improved pitcher. He might not remain the #2 guy if the Braves lose their patience with him.
The Braves are really reaching as Banuelos only started 6 games last season and can still register as a rookie. Those 6 starts were an utter disaster as he was 1-4 with a 5.19 ERA. There's really not much that can be said for the left-hander as he's pretty much in the same boat as Matt Wisler. The Braves want their younger starters to gain some experience, but I can see both of these pitchers being moved back if Atlanta is receiving little in return.
Other Team's Discards
That's just what Bud Norris is as he had a terrible season with the Baltimore Orioles last season with just a 3-11 record and a 6.72 ERA. Lack of run support can't be used for Norris, who allowed the opposition to hit .297 off of him! I guess when you're the Braves, you'll try anything and see if something (I'd rather use a different word ) sticks.
Norris has been around for a while and has a losing career record with a an ERA above 4.00. I don't see why any team other than the Atlanta Braves would give him a try. Norris did pitch better in interleague games than he did in the American League and that's the only thing positive that can be said about him.
Williams Perez (7-6 ,4.78 ERA) rounds out the starting pitching and this is another young pitcher in which there's a question mark. Perez looks grossly out of shape and aside from that, allowed opposing hitters to hit .291 off of him and to make it worse, his walks to strikeouts ratio was abysmal as he walked 51 batters and struck out 73 in 116 2/3 innings pitched.
This is one of the worst pitching staffs in baseball and now you know why the MLB odds boards on the Braves are so long. The only thing that can be looked at as a positive is that it's a young pitching staff. It will be a long and rocky season for the Braves. Keep away from this team as one of your go-to MLB picks until further notice.