The Braves will be showcasing their young starting pitchers and a seasoned vet looking to make a big comeback from injury to open Spring Training.
The Braves announced their starting pitchers for the first three games of Spring Training that begins on Friday against the Mets.
Matt Wisler will get the first chance of Spring Training to show off what fans hope to be an improved level of command. The 25-year-old is coming into his fourth Major League season with the Braves. Wisler has a career 5.26 ERA after having a hard time making an adjustment to the Majors from MiLB where he preformed well last season with a 3.56 ERA in 18 games with Gwinnett.
Sean Newcomb will get the starting nod against the World Champion Houston Astros on Saturday. The second year lefty is looking to secure a spot in the Braves rotation after pitching pretty well by rookie standards in 2017. Newcomb produced a 4.32 ERA and a 4.19 FIP worth 1.3 WAR and is looking to fix a couple command issues as well that could take him to the next level.
One of the newest additions to the Braves will be making his debut on Sunday against the Nationals as Scott Kazmir will toe the rubber. Kazmir coming over in trade from the Dodgers this offseason has a career WAR of 25.1 in 12 Major League seasons. Kazmir did not see playing time with the Dodgers last season as a spine injury kept him out of the lineup. Kazmir, when healthy, boasts a career 4.01 ERA with a career average of 8.57 K/9.
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