Braves seeking retribution over poor 2023 rotation player after he joins NL East team

For Braves supporters in 2023, who was the most difficult pitcher to watch? The majority of people’s response might be to take on the Braves offensive in 2024.
Even though the Atlanta Braves were excellent in 2023, the majority of their starting lineup, excluding Strider, Morton, and Elder, was patchwork. In an attempt to identify a long-term backup starter, Atlanta cycled through a carousel of backside starts last season while Max Fried and Kyle Wright were out with injuries.

Fortunately, this might be the Braves offense’s chance to exact retribution on one of those last season’s band-aid starts. Former Brave Yonny Chirinos is expected to be among the non-roster invitees in Marlins camp, according to Christina De Nicola, the beat writer for the Miami Marlins.

Chirinos and the Fish sign a minor league contract.
While it’s true that none of the band-aid starters managed to secure the fifth slot in the rotation, Chirinos most likely performed the worst out of all the players given a chance in the previous summer. He was claimed off waivers by Tampa Bay (the Rays placing him on waivers was suspicious in and of itself), and during his time with the franchise, he only made five starts for Atlanta.

Chirinos then let up at least three earned runs in each of his next two starts. including a couple of dreadful games in which he gave up six runs in each game against the Pirates and Mets. Even though the sample size was tiny, Chirinos didn’t win over many Atlanta fans with his 9.27 ERA, 5.27 FIP, and five home runs allowed in just 22.1 innings with the Braves.

His combined rather respectable stats from the Rays still leave a lot to be desired in terms of his 2023 totals. In 85 innings last year, Chirinos recorded a 6.20 xERA, 5.43 FIP, and -0.3 fWAR, according to Fangraphs. Bob, not so wonderful.

The good news is that if Chirinos joins the Marlins team, the hard-hitting Braves offense will have an opportunity to dominate him the next season. That is a big if, though, given Miami’s abundance of extremely gifted (and younger) starting pitchers. In any case, Chirinos may be a mid-June addition for the Marlins, even if he is only a depth acquisition. Pitcher injuries happen frequently.

 

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