For all the bad news that the Atlanta Braves received at the beginning of Spring Training regarding their starting pitchers, the silver lining was that Mike Minor was not out for the year. Especially now that the offense appears to be on the blink for a while, good to great outings by starters are going to be necessary. The Braves got another great outing from a starter in Minor’s season debut against the San Francisco Giants.
Minor only gave up a couple of runs over his innings pitched but he looked very good considering it was his debut start of the year coming back from injury. Last season, though some believed Kris Medlen was the ace of the staff, Minor was the most consistent over the course of the season. For the money of a lot of fans, he was the ace or at least the best of the three almost aces that the team had going into the postseason.
The argument could me made that in spite of the great work so far by Julio Teheran, Minor is ready to re-assume the title of staff ace after his great debut. Teheran isn’t going anywhere and still will see match-ups against other aces because he started the first game of the year but Minor will at least put up a fight for the actual ace of the staff from now through the end of the season.
When it comes to the end of the year and assuming both starters are good from now until then, I think Minor would be considered or should be considered the actual number one for the postseason as long as he performs and stays healthy. He has more experience and his start was the one the Braves won against the Los Angeles Dodgers as well. Either way, having Minor back in the fold is certainly all good for Braves fans everywhere.