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Braves Pen Needs a New Look

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The Braves pen has been incredible in the late innings with the additions of Mike Gonzalez and Rafael Soriano, but middle relief has looked more and more atrocious of late. Really, Peter Moylan and Tyler Yates have been the only tolerable middle relievers coming out of the pen and with enough talent at AAA, guys like Paronto, Barry, and Villareal should be on a very short leash. Fortunately so far the extent of the damage is only 3 blown saves this season, two of which were by an injured Bob Wickman and one by Villareal. In the thick of the playoff hunt though, we can't afford to let middle relievers go out and cough up a lead. Barry is possibly my least favorite of the three. After being out of work since May 2nd, he showed exactly why he is a 28-year old that has less than 30 major league innings. In his one game, his high-80's fastball was straight as an arrow and he basically had nothing else. He threw pitches right down the middle and got hit hard. We don't have to suffer much more, because Wicky is probably coming off the DL to replace him early this next week. Peter Moylan has been incredible and can pitch multiple innings, and Villareal's 5.29 ER really doesn't tell how bad Villareal has been. Just about every time he comes on with runners on, he allows at least one to score. His command has been awful and the Braves need to send him to Richmond for some fine tuning like they did with McBride. Paronto, I probably have the most confidence in of the three but since the injury his sinker just doesn't have much movement and is being left up in the zone. Again, sending him down to sort out his mechanics or whatever else is probably the best thing to do. I wouldn't at all be surprised to see more than just Wickman joining the Braves whenever he does get activated from the DL. One person I have not given nearly enough credit to is Manny Acosta, who has 20 strikeouts in 20 innings and a 0.90 ERA with a .209 BAA as Richmond's closer. I really think by the end of the month we will also be seeing either Phil Stockman, who returned from the DL today, or Joey Devine, who continues to just dominate Double-A. As of now Mike Gonzalez is the only lefty in the pen with Steve Colyer being designated for assignment by the team a few days ago so Macay McBride or new Brave Rheal Cormier could get the call also. McBride was sent down to sort out his control and after a tough first appearance, McBride has issued only 5 walks in his last 17 innings of work with a 3.00 ERA. He has started most of his games so far but the plan is just to get him multiple innings of work to get him ready for the pen in Atlanta.

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