Monday, July 29, 2013
The Braves' lefty solution
By Jason Catania
Months after losing their top two lefty relievers, the Atlanta Braves have addressed the situation.
With both Eric O'Flaherty and Jonny Venters down for the 2013 count, Atlanta acquired southpaw setup man Scott Downs from the Los Angeles Angels, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com. The Braves sent right-handed pitcher Cory Rasmus back to the Angels.
The 37-year-old Downs is having a solid season with a 1.84 ERA, and for his career, he's held lefty hitters to a triple-slash line of .214/.280/.314 and owns a strikeout-to-walk ratio better than three-to-one against them.
Given that Luis Avilan was the only legitimate left-hander in the bullpen, this was not only a worthwhile addition for Atlanta, it was a necessary one.
The question now is: Will the Braves make another move to add a starter to help with rotation depth in the wake of Tim Hudson's season-ending injury?