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Newcomb gets another turn in Braves' rotation vs. Jays
Toronto Blue Jays at Atlanta Braves
- The Braves took three for four games from the Blue Jays last season, including both games played in Atlanta. Toronto has homered in all six games it has played at Truist Park, outhomering Atlanta 11-5 across the six games, but is just 2-4 at that stadium.
- The Blue Jays haven't played a game since July 30, a 6-4 loss in Washington with Toronto batting second as the home team. The Blue Jays hit nine home runs, all solo shots, over the four games played in Washington, accounting for 69.2 percent (9/13) of their total runs against the Nationals.
- The Braves took three of four games from the Mets in Atlanta, bringing their record to 7-4. All 11 of Atlanta's games have been against the Mets (7, 5-2) and Rays (4, 2-2). Atlanta is hitting .341 (15/44) as a team with runners in scoring position and two outs, second best in MLB (StL, .353).
- Bo Bichette has a hit in all four games he has played this season, all from the leadoff spot. He has a .286 batting average (6/21) but has drawn zero walks or hit-by-pitches. The only batter with more plate appearances as the leadoff hitter this season and also no free passes is Amed Rosario (NYM, 24).
- Max Fried has earned the win in all four career interleague starts, which includes his most recent outing against Tampa Bay. Fried became the fourth Brave to win four consecutive starts against AL teams along with Greg Maddux, Horacio Ramirez and Tommy Hanson. None of the others got the win in five straight.
- Matt Shoemaker allowed one earned run and three hits against the Rays on July 25, his first start for the Blue Jays since April 20, 2019. The Jays lost the game, 4-1 though Shoemaker didn't factor in the decision, marking Toronto's first loss in a Shoemaker start (5-1).
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With their young starting rotation loaded with question marks, the Atlanta Braves will get another look at Sean Newcomb on Wednesday when they host the Toronto Blue Jays in the second game of a three-game series.
The Braves lost ace Mike Soroka to a season-ending Achilles injury on Monday and earlier designated former All-Star Mike Foltynewicz for assignment because of concern over his loss of velocity. That leaves Max Fried, who started and won on Tuesday, as the only bona fide member of the rotation and places Newcomb among the young contenders with the opportunity to fill the other slots.
Newcomb (0-0, 8.22 ERA) proved to be quite effective in middle relief last season, but was pressed into service this year as a starter -- a role he prefers -- when free agent Cole Hamels was sidelined with a sore shoulder and Felix Hernandez opted out because of COVID-19 concerns.
Newcomb will get his third start of the season on Tuesday when he's matched against Toronto's Hyun Jin Ryu (0-1, 8.00).
Newcomb has pitched a combined 7 2/3 innings in his two starts, with bouts of wildness inflating his pitch count and forcing him out of games early. He threw 4 1/3 innings against the New York Mets on Friday, but left after throwing 79 pitches, only 49 for strikes. Newcomb was tagged for six runs on six hits and one walk with four strikeouts in a game the Braves came back to win 11-10.
"It's a total thing. It's not just go out and have two or three good innings," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker told reporters of Newcomb. "A good outing is what you're looking for and you have to put an end on it. He wasn't able to do it."
Newcomb has two career appearances against the Blue Jays, both in relief a year ago. He threw 2 2/3 innings and allowed one run on one hit and three walks with four strikeouts.
Ryu, who signed as a free agent in the offseason, will make his third start in search of his first win with his new team. His last start came Thursday against the Washington Nationals, when he pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on nine hits and one walk, striking out five.
"I could have changed my game plan a little bit and made in-game adjustments," Ryu said. "Maybe they were sitting on breaking balls and off-speed pitches. I could have made some changes, looking back it, but things didn't go the way I'd hoped for."
Ryu was 1-1 against the Braves last year when he pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers, which included a complete-game shutout on May 7. He is 1-2 with a 2.73 ERA in five career starts against Atlanta.
The Braves are not having trouble scoring runs. Dansby Swanson is batting .340 and is tied for the National League lead in RBIs with 13. Ronald Acuna Jr., who was off to a slow start and was hitting .152 at the end of July, reached base four times on Tuesday and lifted his average to .250.
The Blue Jays got center fielder Randal Grichuk back from a balky back Tuesday and he went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Toronto's 10-1 loss to Atlanta.
--Field Level Media
Updated August 5, 2020