Newcomb will start Game 3 of the NLDS on Sunday against the Dodgers. As reported earlier, the Braves will start Newcomb after previously planning to go with Kevin Gausman. Atlanta will be in an all-hands-on-deck situation down 2-0 in the series, so it's possible that the lefty Newcomb will get just one turn through the order before the Braves bring in a righty, possibly Gausman.
Newcomb could start Sunday against the Dodgers, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. The Braves are apparently leaning towards Newcomb despite previously announcing Kevin Gausman as the starter. The lefty finished the season with a 3.90 ERA after 30 starts and one relief appearance. He allowed at least five runs in four of his final eight starts.
Newcomb didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 3-0 loss to the Mets, allowing only one hit and four walks over five scoreless innings while striking out eight. He and Jacob deGrom were locked in a pitchers' duel for five innings, but Newcomb ran up his pitch count and exited after 88 offerings (53 strikes). The southpaw will head into the playoffs with a 3.90 ERA and 159:80 K:BB in 163.1 innings.
Newcomb will start Wednesday against the Mets, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan Atlanta reports. Newcomb's previous start Saturday was skipped, but he won't end up being removed from the rotation entirely. The Braves may be going with a six-man rotation to close out the season, as Touki Toussaint remains in the rotation to start Tuesday. The timing of Newcomb's start means he'll likely appear just once more this regular season.
Newcomb will have his next start skipped, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. Newcomb was originally scheduled to start Saturday against the Phillies, but with an off day Thursday, the Braves opted to skip the southpaw's turn in the rotation and give the ball to Mike Foltynewicz on regular rest. Anibal Sanchez is set to start Sunday's series finale, while it's unclear when -- or if -- Newcomb will get the ball again. The 25-year-old has struggled to a 7.79 ERA and 1.73 WHIP over his last four starts, so the Braves may opt to finish out the season with Touki Toussaint as their fifth starter.