While the St. Louis Cardinals put up a scant fight all weekend in Atlanta as they prepare for the postseason, the Braves still took the last three games very seriously.
Atlanta swept St. Louis in the three-game series and did not allow a run in the three games. Sunday they swept an old-fashioned double-header behind solid performances from Shelby Miller and Matt Wisler.
Miller finally broke his bad luck string of consecutive games without a victory, while Wisler evened his Atlanta record at 8-8. The Braves gave up only four runs in the six-game homestand against Washington and St. Louis.
Wisler pitched 8.2 shutout innings in game two of Sunday's double dip. He walked one and struck out three. Wisler finished with a 4.71 ERA in his 20 games (19 starts) in the big leagues. Wisler allowed 119 hits in 109 innings, with 57 earned runs, 40 walks and 72 strikeouts.
In Triple-A Gwinnett, Wisler had a 3-4 record in 12 starts, with a 4.29 ERA. He allowed 68 hits in 65 innings, 31 earned runs, with 13 walks and 49 strikeouts. So overall this season, in 32 games (31 starts), Wisler finished with a 11-12 record, 88 earned runs on 187 hits in 174 innings, with 53 walks and 121 strikeouts.
Miller finished with a 6-17 record and a 3.02 ERA in his 33 games started. He allowed 183 hits in 205.1 innings, 69 earned runs, 73 walks and 171 strikeouts.
Julio Teheran was Atlanta's big winner this year in the rotation. He was 11-8 in his 33 starts, with a 4.04 ERA, 189 hits allowed in 200.2 innings, 73 walks and 171 strikeouts.
Alex Wood had a 7-6 record in his 20 starts before he was traded to the Dodgers in July. Rookies Williams Perez (7-6, 4.78 ERA), Mike Foltynewicz (4-6, 5.71) and Manny Banuloes (1-4, 5.13) rounded out the 2016 starters.
Could there be some changes in Atlanta's 2016 rotation? Well, there were rumors back in July the Braves would entertain a trade of Teheran. He's the more likely candidate to be traded if the Braves want to use their depth for a big bat.
Expect Miller and Wisler to still be around. Perez, Manuelos and Foltynewicz will likely battle for the last spot in Atlanta's rotation. Ryan Weber should also get a look with the Braves.
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Wisler evens record at 8-8 for Atlanta
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