As the San Diego Padres prepare to try and dump closer Craig Kimbrel, the Braves are enjoying the fruits of the pre-Opening Day trade by watching young Matt Wisler emerge into a solid major league starting pitcher.
Wisler had yet another strong outing Sunday in St. Louis, as he won his fifth game out of seven starts. Wisler allowed two runs on seven hits in seven innings, with three walks (one intentional) and three strikeouts.
For the season now, the 5-1 Wisler has an earned run average of 3.43. He's allowed 44 hits in 42 innings, with 16 earned runs, 12 walks (two IBB) and 26 strikeouts.
Listening to the Cardinals radio broadcast Sunday during the game, longtime announcer Mike Shannon was very impressed with the young Wisler, singing Wisler's praises as a very impressive young starting pitcher.
The trade with the Padres continues to look very good. First, Melvin Upton's money being off the book and him being out of the Atlanta clubhouse is very valuable. The Braves saved a ton of money in the deal, which will give them additional flexibility to improve the team moving forward.
Of course, Cameron Maybin has perhaps been Atlanta's most valuable player this season. He might be flipped this week in a deadline deal for more young talent, which could make the trade look even better moving forward.
But Wisler is not getting enough credit for what he has done in his first sevens starts in the big leagues. This kid is just 22 years old, and he is showing his stuff and his confidence on the mound. The numbers are there. To think he's got five wins already and the other numbers are just as impressive shows why the Braves felt comfortable in trading one of the top closers in the game.
Wisler has the chance to be in Atlanta's rotation for many years to come, and he's just scratching the surface of what he is capable of in the big leagues.
Meanwhile, San Diego's record is just a half-game better than Atlanta's. They are 8.5 games out of first place and the "For Sale" sign has been put out in front of their offices. General manager A.J. Preller, who orchestrated the numerous offseason trades that had many believing the Padres were preseason favorites, is now trying to trade off players before the July 31 deadline.
Justin Upton, who Preller traded for in an earlier winter trade from the Braves, is available. But many believe Preller will also trade Kimbrel, who has a couple of years left on his contract.
The Braves are just fine, thank you. They have a young man in the starting rotation in Wisler that could be there for a while. He continues to impress and continues to get better.
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