Just when it seemed like Mike Foltynewicz was headed for a breakout season, he imploded, finishing with a 7.27 ERA and 1.73 WHIP over his final nine starts (43.1 innings). He did a better job of limiting the long ball in the second half (five homers allowed) and he added to his strikeout rate after the All-Star break, but Foltynewicz's walk rate jumped from 3.0 BB/9 to 4.1, and he allowed more hard contact. Foltynewicz struggled against lefties overall, especially at home -- lefty batters slashed .344/.421/.492 against him at SunTrust Park -- and he was far worse the second (5.77 ERA) and third-time through the order (6.10 ERA) than he was the first time through (2.73 ERA). There is still appeal here given his fastball velocity and quality of his secondary stuff, but the home park is a big negative and Foltynewicz's chances at wins will be limited if he can't find a way to work deeper into games.
Foltynewicz (finger) is unlikely to make another start this season, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Manager Brian Snitker said Tuesday that he would be surprised if Foltynewicz, who is still dealing with a cut on his finger, returned this season. R.A. Dickey is currently slated to pitch the season finale on Sunday. It seemed that the hard-throwing righty could be in for a breakout season, but he actually took a step back in his age-25 campaign. He posted a 4.79 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and struck out 143 in 154 innings. On the bright side, he notched a career best in innings pitched and wins (10), but was a net negative in most roto formats due to his horrific ratios. Foltynewicz should have the inside track at a rotation spot again in 2018, but with a host of high-end pitching prospects on the way, he is running out of time to prove he is a key part of the next great Braves rotation.
Foltynewicz (finger) is unlikely to make Monday's start against the Phillies and could be sidelined for the remainder of the 2017 campaign, according to manager Brian Snitker, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Foltynewicz suffered the laceration Sept. 14 during his start against Washington, and it appears as though the finger isn't healing as quickly as the right-hander expected. The club will likely start Max Fried and Lucas Sims during Monday's doubleheader, although Atlanta has yet to rule Foltynewicz out at this point in time. There is sure to be an update later on this weekend regarding his status for Monday and beyond.
The Braves are not optimistic about Foltynewicz (finger) making his next start Monday against the the Phillies, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Foltynewicz was thought to be on track to rejoin the Braves' rotation Monday after tossing a couple of successful side sessions earlier in the week, but that no longer appears to be the case. While the Braves haven't confirmed anything yet, it appears Foltynewicz's lacerated finger is still bothersome enough to force him to miss a second straight start. Max Fried and Lucas Sims would likely headline Monday's twin bill for the Braves if Folytnewicz can't go.
Foltynewicz (finger) has completed side sessions the past two days and remains in line for a start Monday during the club's doubleheader against Philadelphia, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Foltynewicz missed his latest projected start due to a lacerated finger, but appears to be headed in the right direction for Monday's twin-bill. Barring any sort of setback, the club will likely announce his status for Monday's game in the coming days. Over the course of the 2017 season, the right-hander has posted a 4.79 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 154 innings.
Foltynewicz will be forced to miss his next projected start after suffering a finger laceration during Thursday's outing, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. Foltynewicz lasted just four innings while giving up three runs due to the injury, and will not wind up taking the mound early next week because of it. In his place, Atlanta will turn to either Max Fried of Lucas Sims during Wednesday's game against the Nationals. As long as Foltynewicz doesn't experience any lingering issues or have a setback, he should be able to start one of the Braves' doubleheaders on Sept. 25.