Braves Acquire Tommy Milone From Orioles To Aid Rotation
In just 32 games, the Braves have already used 10 starting pitchers. With ace Mike Soroka sidelined until 2021 with a torn Achilles tendon, the Braves have Cy Young Award candidate Max Fried heading the rotation and a whole lot of uncertainty behind him.
No other member of the Braves Opening Day rotation remains on the club’s active roster. Rookie righthander Ian Anderson had an excellent debut last week, and Josh Tomlin has been serviceable as a fill-in, even if the Braves prefer him working out of the bullpen. Lefthander Cole Hamels is trying to work back from a triceps injury, but the Braves have a very unsettled rotation for a team that leads the National League East.
For the Orioles, the deal provides a quick return on a reclamation project. Milone had been a surprisingly effective member of the Orioles rotation (1-4, 3.99) after signing a minor league contract during the offseason.
Tommy Milone, LHP
A fill-in starter for much of the past half-decade, Milone is your classic nibbling lefty with a wide array of pitches. Never a hard-thrower, he now has one of the slowest fastballs in the league. He sits at 86 mph and tops out below 90, but Milone’s fastball is just used to keep hitters from focusing too much on his excellent changeup. Milone’s upper-70s changeup is thrown nearly as often as his fastball. He usually dots it low and away to righthanded hitters, where they can't do much with it. Milone lives on the edges of the strike zone. When he catches too much of the plate, he generally gets punished. Milone's command is better than his control and he is having his best season in years because he’s doing a better job of keeping the ball in the yard. His 1.5 home runs allowed per nine innings is his best home run rate since 2015. Milone’s addition gives the Braves someone who should be able to go four or five innings on a regular basis. He helps stabilize a rotation that was in dire need of reinforcements, but he doesn’t do much to help the Braves' search for playoff-caliber starters beyond Fried. He will be a free agent after this season.
2020 MLB Player Of The Year: Freddie Freeman
Always Mr. Consistent, Freeman reached the best level of his career. He hit .341/.462/.640 with 13 home runs, 53 RBIs and 51 runs while playing all 60 games.
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