Thursday, June 3, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, June 3, 2021 -- "NL East Notes"

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"As of this moment, the Braves are carrying nine relievers, and five of them are lefties. Will Smith is the closer. Tyler Matzek is the reclamation project with a 35% strikeout rate as a Brave. Sean Newcomb is the converted starter who’s been a bit unlucky (5.40 ERA/3.21 FIP) and who is also whiffing more than a third of the batters he’s faced. A.J. Minter and Grant Dayton fill out the quintet. Conceding that for much of baseball history it would have been impossible to even try it, I can’t ever remember seeing a team with five southpaws in the pen."