The Atlanta Braves were a win away from a World Series appearance in 2020, despite only having one starting pitcher that was expected to start in 2020 (Max Fried). With Fried’s breakout as an ace, the return of Mike Soroka and the emergence of Ian Anderson, the Braves look to have a trio that resembles a modern-day Glavine/Maddux/Smoltz. They still have two rotation spots, with one figuring to go to either Bryse Wilson who was scintillating in the NLCS or Kyle Wright.
But, it could also go to Drew Smyly. It’s not the former Ray that the fans are anticipating (a return of Charlie Morton), but still a solid option on a one year deal. Smyly had a stellar year as a Giant in 2020, posting a 3.42 ERA in a return to prominence. He posted a 2.01 FIP, showing that the defense let him down in a major way.
The former Tiger, Ray, Ranger, Philly and Giant is a career .500 pitcher with an ERA lifetime just over 4. He broke out in 2015 in Tampa Bay, posting 3.11 ERA. The Braves hope that he can return to form, despite some injuries and bad luck.