“These things have a way of working themselves out”.
Those are the words of Fredi Gonzalez over the past few weeks regarding his rotation.
Everyone kept wondering whose spot Brandon Beachy would take and if/when Alex Wood would also get a chance to prove his worth. Well, unfortunately for the Braves, these questions have been answered over the past 5 days.
Just days after seeing Paul Maholm leave a game with an injury, the Braves watched their most experienced starter, Tim Hudson, go down with a brutal season ending injury. Granted, this was the worst-case scenario for the Braves when it came to getting Beachy and Wood into the rotation, but the point is, they had an answer for it.
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(Side note: My prayers go out to Tim Hudson for a quick and smooth recovery. He is the consummate professional and arguably the Braves unspoken leader. )
The Braves have the luxury that almost no other teams in the MLB have. They are able to insert a former Ace into the rotation to replace one of their current Aces. If Beachy pitches as well as he has in the past, this Braves rotation, despite losing 2 starters in one week, might still be the deepest (and youngest) 1-5 in the MLB.
That is an amazing testament to the job that GM Frank Wren their farm system is doing developing players throughout their system. In fact, we have already seen the fruits of their labor this year as the Braves bullpen lost their top 2 set up men and have gone on to post the league’s best bullpen ERA.
As Gonzalez said, these things may have a way of working themselves out, but the Braves stacked the odds by being well prepared for every possible scenario.
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