Mike Foltynewicz is heating up at an opportune time for the Atlanta Braves.
Collectively spelling, the 2019 Major League Baseball season has been cruel to Foltynewicz, beginning with him missing the first month due to an elbow injury. From his April 27 season debut, he struggled with his command, got hit hard, and forced Braves manager Brian Snitker to go to his bullpen midway through games. He has surrendered a career-high 21 home runs this season and saw his ERA spike to 6.37 after surrendering eight runs in a June 22 matchup on the road against the rival Washington Nationals.
After that nightmare outing in the nation’s capital, Foltynewicz was placed on the injured list and didn’t make a return to the hill for the Braves until early August; he came back a changed pitcher.
In his nine starts off the injured list, Foltynewicz has recorded an astonishing 2.35 ERA, totaled 50 strikeouts, lowered his WHIP from 1.42 to 1.26, and provided length. He has pitched through six innings in five starts and seven innings in three starts. In the 11 starts he made before going on the injured list, Foltynewicz never pitched through the seventh inning.
He’s keeping hitters guessing,…