The Braves 2019 rotation is probably the biggest x-factor on the team. There is a lot of young talent present and lot of younger talent in the minors which could soon contribute, but depth and experience is a problem. It’s the sort of rotation that, on paper, if everything breaks right, could be good, but if things go wrong or if the young arms don’t develop quickly enough, could be a source of trouble for a contending team.
Speaking of things going wrong, there’s news about number one starter Mike Foltynewicz, number three starter Kevin Gausman and Luiz Gohara who, while not currently on the rotation per the depth chart, is expected to play a big role with the Braves this season:
On top of that, as we noted last week, young starter Mike Soroka, also expected to be a big contributor in 2019, has been shut down with a recurrence of shoulder problems.
The Braves, we are told, have a lot of “financial flexibility.” Someone should probably go and check if that financial flexibility can throw a breaking ball.