Green: Gausman should be second man in Braves rotation

John and Hugh
September 13, 2018 - 12:15 pm

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The Atlanta Braves magic numner to clinch a playoff spot: 10

Now, it's time to start having the postseason discussions with the team sitting 7.5 games up in the NL East. As you do, John Fricke said one of the things the Braves are going to have to figure out, assuming they can clinch a spot before the end of the regular season, is the starting pitching rotation.

John said the obvious No. 1 starter would be Mike Foltynewicz but was surprised when he asked Fox Sports South analyst Nick Green who should be the second guy in line: Sean Newcomb or Julio Teheran?

"I'm going (Kevin) Gausman No. 2," Green said. He was also reluctant to say whether Newcomb or Teheran would stay in the starting rotation at the three and four spots. "I hate to say this but I don't know if Newcomb stays in there or Teheran stays in there. Both of those guys have been up and down."

Meanwhile, Green is unsure what the club would do with starting pitcher Annibal Sanchez if they happen to keep both Newcomb and Teheran in the four-man rotation.

"Annibal Sanchez is a guy that you trust. He's a veteran guy. (Braves) are going to go with a four-man rotation so what do you do? Do you take Gausman, Folty, Teheran and Newcomb and leave Annibal as the lone guy in the pen, or do you put Newcomb in the pen as the lone guy? I'm glad I don't have to make those decisions."

Kevin Gausman is 4-2 with a 2.32 ERA in seven games as a Braves starter. He and RHP Darren O'Day were acquired from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for four Braves minor leaguers.

Fricke, still curious as to why Green would choose Gausman as his No. 2, asked what the Braves trade deadline acquisition has shown since coming to Atlanta that would make him the second man up in the rotation.

"Since he's been here, he's only had one bad start; and that was his last start. He's a guy that's been efficient; been able to go six to eight innings every time out. That's what you want in the playoffs."