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.
Newcomb (12-9) allowed five runs on six hits and two walks across three innings to take the loss Sunday against the Naionals. He struck out three. Newcomb allowed a two-run home run to Bryce Harper as part of a three-run first inning and served up another two-run shot to Anthony Rendon in the third. He induced just four swinging strikes while throwing first-pitch strikes to seven of 17 hitters and recording two groundball outs. Newcomb was coming off a quality start in his previous outing, but overall he's failed to complete five innings in three of his previous four while taking a loss in each of those. He's next scheduled to start this weekend against the Phillies.
Newcomb (11-8) allowed three runs on four hits and five walks across 4.1 innings while taking the loss Tuesday against the Red Sox. He struck out two. Newcomb threw an unnerving 47 percent of his pitches for strikes as he tied his season high in walks. He made it virtually unscathed into the fifth inning, but he loaded the bases, walked in a run and then watched from the dugout as the bullpen allowed two inherited runners to cross. Newcomb has struggled mightily in SunTrust Park of late, allowing a whopping 21 earned runs over 17.2 innings combined in his last four starts at home. He'll look to bounce back in his next start on the road against the Diamondbacks.
Newcomb (11-6) allowed two hits while walking three and striking out eight across six scoreless innings to earn the win Thursday against the Marlins. Newcomb took advantage of the weak Marlins lineup to record his first scoreless start since June 16. He also received an extra day of rest between starts, which may have aided him in bouncing back from consecutive subpar outings during which he surrendered 12 earned runs across 9.1 innings. While he got good results in Thursday's start, Newcomb struggled with efficiency, requiring 111 pitches to retire 18 batters with only 64 of his pitches going for strikes.