Foltynewicz has posted a 4.08 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 19:4 K:BB through 17.2 innings over three starts since his demotion to Triple-A Gwinnett. While the WHIP is particularly alarming, there are some encouraging signs in Foltynewicz's performance -- his strikeout rate is back above 9.0, and he has yet to serve up a home run during this minor-league stint. Atlanta is still looking to solidify its rotation for the stretch run, whether internally or on the trade market, but the right-hander might still be a big part of the team's plans.
Foltynewicz was sent to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports. Foltynewicz appeared to break out last season, recording a 2.85 ERA on the back of a 27.2 percent strikeout rate. That strikeout rate has cratered to 19.2 percent this season, however, while his ERA has spiked all the way to 6.37 after he allowed eight runs in four innings Saturday against the Nationals. He'll have to sort things out in the minors for now. The Braves have yet to announce his replacement in the rotation.
Foltynewicz gave up eight runs over four innings Saturday night to the Nats, allowing eight hits and two walks. After the game the Braves announced their intention to demote him to Triple-A Gwinnett, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. The Braves haven't officially announced or confirmed the move, but it's been a disaster of a season for Foltynewicz. With this outing Saturday, his ERA skyrocketed to 6.37 over 59.1 innings.
Foltynewicz (2-5) gave up one run on four hits and five walks while striking out six through six innings, taking the win over the Phillies on Sunday. Foltynewicz came away with a decent line despite a season high in free passes. The 27-year-old has actually lowered his walk numbers from a year ago, allowing a 2.9 BB/9, but that was not the case in this outing. He was still able to get his fourth quality start and lower his ERA to 5.53 through 10 appearances this season. Foltynewicz will look to limit the walks in his next start Saturday at Nationals Park.
Foltynewicz allowed four runs on five hits with five strikeouts and four walks across five innings during a no-decision against the Pirates on Tuesday. The Braves tried to get Foltynewicz through five innings to give him a chance at the win, but he yielded the tying run in his final frame. The good news is Foltynewicz kept the ball in the park during this start, but he's still yielded 12 runs in his last 16 innings (6.75 ERA). Foltynewicz has struggled like this for most of the season. He remains 1-5 with a 6.02 ERA, .269 batting average against, 1.32 WHIP and 42 strikeouts in 49.1 innings this season. Foltynewicz is scheduled to face the Phillies next at home Sunday.