Braves Rotation Better to Start 2020 than 2019

The Midday Show w/ Andy & Randy
March 05, 2020 - 4:11 pm

Cole Hamels, who the Atlanta Braves acquired in December on a one-year, $18 million deal, will not be in the starting rotation to begin the season.

The 36-year-old veteran injured his left shoulder at some point during offseason workouts and his status is up in the air on when he will return.

However, despite Hamels being injured, the Midday Show with Andy and Randy are more confident in the Braves rotation now than they were at this point last season.

"As much as you and I, I think, are in lock-step about the back end of the starting rotation being a big question mark and a concern, it's way better than it was to start the year last year," Andy Bunker said.

"And because you've got bodies--and that's where I get a little bit of confidence from it...I think certain guys at the back end of that rotation will change but you've got a number of guys that are going to be competing those spots. So if Kyle Wright makes the opening day roster and isn't good, well then Kyle Wright gets sent down and somebody else gets a shot."

Last season, Mike Soroka and Max Fried were still unproven commodities. Now, they're both a virtual lock at No. 1 and No. 2 in the rotation.

Remember, the Braves started the 2019 with Bryse Wilson and Kyle Wright starting in the first week due to injuries. Mike Foltynewicz and Kevin Gausman were expected to be No. 1 and No. 2. Gausman got released and Folty was sent down to the minors.