What do Braves do moving forward?

Robb Tribble
July 13, 2019 - 7:26 pm

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After watching the Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres Friday night 5-3, Robb Tribble wanted to know what the Braves should do next.

He has questions, like many do, about Luke Jackson. Can he trust Jackson to be his closer? The answer is no.

Jackson, like his game-saving win last night, makes it exciting when he closes a game. He may give up a run, he may have a runner or two on base, but he comes up with a win every so often. But often times, too many times, he does not come up with the win, which is why Tribble cannot trust Jackson. 

Jackson's biggest work load prior to now was 50 2/3 innings pitched. He will surpass that by the end of the month.

So Robb thinks it is time to get somebody more experienced as the closer for the Braves. Tribble actually thinks that the Braves should look at Padres' Kirby Yates. He has been one of the best closers in baseball over the past two years at age 32.

He also thinks that Will Smith of the San Francisco Giants would be a great fit. The Giants want a lot for Smith, but what the Braves have to make this good are prospects.