Foltynewicz and the Braves agreed to a one-year, $5.475 million contract Friday, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports. Foltynewicz picks up a big raise after making $2.2 million last season. The raise was well-earned after a career year in which the righty cut his ERA by nearly two runs from 4.79 to 2.85. The big improvement was driven by a spike in his strikeout rate, which soared to 27.2 percent after sitting at 20.7 percent in 2017.
Foltynewicz looked better in his second career postseason start Monday against the Dodgers. He went four innings and gave up a run on two hits and four walks while striking out five in the no-decision. This a vast improvement from Wednesday, when he lasted only two innings and allowed four runs. Unfortunately, it was not enough to help the Braves stave off elimination, but Foltynewicz will likely enter the 2019 season as the ace of the staff.
Foltynewicz will start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Foltynewicz took the loss in Game 1, lasting two innings and surrendering four runs on three hits and three walks while fanning five. He's slated to go up against Rich Hill in a must-win ballgame for Atlanta.
Foltynewicz will start Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Thursday, 680 The Fan reports. The right-hander will head to the mound after pitching Friday's game against the Phillies, so he will be working on a little extra rest. Foltynewicz is set to go up against Hyun-Jin Ryu, who was confirmed as the Dodgers' starter for the series opener in Los Angeles. On the year, Foltynewicz has logged a 2.85 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with a 9.9 K/9 across 31 starts.
Foltynewicz (13-10) picked up a win against the Phillies on Friday. He went five innings and allowed one run on only one hit while striking out nine. Foltynewicz capped his breakout season by striking out nine Phillies, breaking the 200 strikeout plateau for the first time at 202. His 2.85 ERA and 1.08 WHIP are a large reason for the success of the Braves and he will likely enter next season as the ace of the staff.