Muller was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports. Muller allowed six earned runs on five hits and three walks while striking out just one across 2.1 innings Thursday against the Reds. He was also charged with the loss, dropping his record to 2-4. Though Muller had pitched effectively in the rotation since early July, he is seemingly the odd-man out with Huascar Ynoa (hand) set to return Tuesday. Muller's demotion also suggests that Touki Toussaint will remain a starter until Ian Anderson (shoulder) is activated.
Muller allowed three runs on two hits, two walks and a hit batter while striking out three in 4.2 innings versus Washington on Friday. He did not factor in the decision. In addition to the hit batter, Muller also threw three wild pitches in a game where he didn't have the sharpest control. He was spared the loss when Atlanta rallied in the bottom of the fifth inning. The southpaw has given up more than two runs in only two of his eight big-league appearances (seven starts) this year. He owns a 2.88 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 36:17 K:BB across 34.1 innings. Muller lines up for his next start versus Cincinnati next week.
Muller allowed one run on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts through five innings, taking a no-decision in Saturday's 8-1 win over the Brewers. Muller dueled it out with two-time All-Star Brandon Woodruff for five innings Saturday night, with the only damage against his line coming on a Manny Pina groundout. While the rookie did push his streak of walking multiple batters to six straight starts, he has allowed just three runs in his last three outings. The Braves added everything but starting pitching at the deadline, so evidently they are confident that Muller and the rest of the rotation can keep them in contention. His next chance will likely come Friday against the Nationals.
Muller (2-3) earned the win after allowing four hits and two walks while striking out three across five scoreless innings in Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader against the Mets. Muller was impressive in the first half of the twin bill and needed just 75 pitches to get through five strong frames. He appears to have performed well enough in each of his last two outings since being called up to remain part of Atlanta's starting rotation going forward. His next assignment tentatively lines up for Saturday against Milwaukee.
Muller is scheduled to start the first game of Monday's doubleheader with the Mets, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports. After being called up from Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday, Muller got the ball for the first game of a doubleheader with the Padres. He allowed only one run over four innings in the start, but he needed 87 pitches to record his 12 outs and was stuck with the loss. Muller's solid numbers overall through his first five big-league outings (3.20 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 23:11 K:BB in 19.2 innings) coupled with the depleted state of the Atlanta rotation means that the rookie should have some stability in a starting role for the remainder of the season.
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