The Atlanta Braves are still searching for starting pitching on the MLB trade market but not quite as hard as they seemed to be. The asking price is extremely high and they aren’t really willing to give up a ton of potential for a short term sure thing. I like that philosophy and think the only one maybe they ought to go for is Bud Norris of the Houston Astros. The fact is that they might end up doing nothing to the starting staff.
That is worrisome to some degree with the fact that Tim Hudson went down to a terrible season-ending injury and removed one of the best big game pitchers of the last several years from the roster. There is good news in Braves country as far as starting pitching goes however. Mike Minor and Julio Teheran are ready for the ball in big games right now. They have shown that in their starts against the best team in the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals.
Teheran threw seven scoreless while giving up only two hits as the Braves pulled out a big win in the second game. Game one saw Minor throw seven innings and give up only one run on four hits. To make things even more impressive as far as big game atmospheres go, Minor out-dueled Adam Wainwright to get his big win. Pitchers don’t get any better than Wainwright folks. For Minor to out-duel him in that game shows he is ready for the baseball. I mean he is ready for the ball in game one of not only a three-game series but also a five and seven game series.
Teheran has improved steadily throughout the season and appears ready for a number two slot. After that there are a ton of question marks. Those questions figure to be answered in one way or another over the next few days. Either Kris Medlen, Alex Wood and Brandon Beachey will show the world how good the Braves rotation is, or how badly they need one more big arm.