Just when it seemed like Gavin Floyd was poised to move towards a remarkable comeback season after a great performance against the Atlanta Braves‘ division rival Washington Nationals, everything fell apart. The injury to Floyd’s elbow is not the end of the Braves chances though as they have already proven more than capable of overcoming key injuries to the starting rotation. Unlike when they lost Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy in Spring Training, there should be no scramble to replace Floyd. Alex Wood has been stretching his arm out in the minors and is the perfect choice.
Wood is clearly a future starting pitcher and his numbers prove it. While some fans might remember his bullpen time as being sketchy, his career ERA as a starter is just a tad over three. There is no better time than the present to give Wood the shot at starting for the remainder of the season. He should be in a position to not over extend himself in the way of pitching too many innings and the Braves are in a dogfight for the division with the Nationals and the Miami Marlins so need all the help they can get.
There is no way to guarantee how well the Braves will play from now until the all-star break or even for the rest of the season but one thing is certain. They have the talent and depth in starting pitching to overcome injury better than any team in recent memory. If they do not win it all this year, no one will be able to say it was because of injuries. This team is tough and shows the ability to fight through anything. If someone does beat them, it will be after a hard fight.