Wait and see only solution for Braves' inconsistent and struggling bullpen

Thomas Mott
August 13, 2019 - 12:27 am

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Thomas Mott, host of Ready or Mott, is frustrated. 

Many different people across all of the sports media platforms have offered solutions for the Atlanta Braves bullpen woes.  Thomas has no answer. No solution.  In Thomas' eyes, the only solution is to sit back, relax, and see what happens. 

Thomas sat down and looked at the numbers from the last two series.  There is no pattern to what's happening with the bullpen.  No rhyme or reason to any of this.  In a game of numbers, the numbers don't make sense.

Zero consistency. That’s the problem. Not that people are bad. No one is consistent.

Here is a very brief glance at some numbers, in just the four-game series against the Miami Marlins:

  • Game 1:  Dallas Keuchel gave up eight earned runs. Jeremy Walker comes in and gives up five hits. Jerry Blevins finishes with no hits or earned runs.
  • Game 2: Julio Teheren gives up one earned run. Chris Martin comes in and gives up three earned runs. Then Shane Green and Mark Melancon finish it up with no real problems.
  • Game 3: Mike Soroka goes 7 with no earned runs. Then Anthony Swarzak gives up two and then Melancon gives up four and then Green gives up two hits and then Sean Newcomb seals it in the 10th.
  • Game 4: Mike Foltynewicz gives up four but fans seven batters. Then Martin, Newcomb, Swarzak and Luke Jackson all give up zero earned runs. 

There is no way to look at these numbers and discern what the Braves need to do when things get to the later innings. 

"Brian Snitker is trying to manage a bullpen that is more emotional than teenagers," Thomas said.  "You can make an argument to set a rotation, but all of these guys are so inconsistent, one night one guy is good, the next night that guy is horrible.  There's no way to know who's going to be bad on any given night."  

Thomas' suggestion: "The only solution right now, is to wait and see."