Though Matt Wisler didn't stand out among a star-studded rookie class, he made the kind of strides in his half-season with the Braves that portend greatness. He's only 23, so he likely still has some growing pains ahead and may not have even gotten a chance to pitch in the majors yet if he hadn't come over from the Padres in the Craig Kimbrel deal, but check out his final three starts last year. They were Hisashi Iwakuma-like. OK, so maybe Jordan Zimmermann would be a fairer comparison, but you get a sense from that strong finish what kind of potential Wisler has. Of course, if strikeouts aren't going to be a big part of the equation, he could fall somewhere in the Rick Porcello class of starting pitchers instead, but if you like to keep an open mind with former prospects, you'll give a thought to drafting Wisler late.
Braves starter Matt Wisler (7-8) surrendered five hits, an earned run and two walks over seven innings in Tuesday's 2-1 victory over the Nationals. He struck out four. Wisler recorded his third consecutive quality start and has now logged back-to-back seven-inning outings. He has posted an impressive 1.93 ERA over that two-game stretch. Wisler did surrender a gopher ball for the fourth straight appearance but was otherwise sharp Tuesday, throwing 65 of 99 pitches for strikes. The 23-year-old settled down after a disastrous outing to begin September against this same Nationals squad, and lowered his ERA from 5.97 to 5.11 over his next five trips to the mound during the course of the month. Wisler figures to make his final start in the closing game of 2015 against the Cardinals on Sunday.
Braves starting pitcher Matt Wisler (5-8) gave up four runs on nine hits and a pair of walks in a loss to the Jays on Thursday. He struck out three. The rookie served up a pair of homers, which hasn't generally been his M.O., but he again posted an ugly K:BB, which certainly has been the way of things for him this year. He still hasn't won a game since July 26, but he's given up four-plus runs five times and accumulated seven losses in that span. He'll next get a rematch with the Mets, against whom he turned in practically his only good start in the past two months last Friday.
Braves rookie pitcher Matt Wisler had a solid outing against the Mets on Friday, but with very little run support to speak of, he was left with a tough-luck loss. The youngster allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings. He walked three and struck out six in the 5-1 loss. Wisler (5-7, 5.60 ERA) allowed an RBI double to Yoenis Cespedes in the third inning and then balked in a run in the fifth. Wisler has shown some inconsistency over his brief career thus far, as he has given up five runs or more in four of his last eight starts. But he allowed two runs in each of the other four starts during that span.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez announced that right-hander Matt Wisler will start Friday's game against the Mets. The rookie hurler tossed two innings of relief on Sunday after getting rocked for seven runs in a start last week. Wisler will start in place of Manny Banuelos, who is having his turn in the rotation skipped due to elbow pain.
Braves starter Matt Wisler had a rather forgettable outing against the Nationals on Thursday. The rookie right-hander lasted just 1 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs on five hits and three walks. Wisler needed 48 pitches (27 strikes) to record his five outs, en route to the 15-1 blowout loss. Wisler (5-6, 5.97 ERA) has really struggled since the calendar turned to August. Over his last seven starts, he has allowed 32 earned runs over 31 1/3 innings of work, leading to a gaudy 9.20 ERA. He also owns a 18:20 K:BB ratio over that stretch.