This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
Pitchers and catchers are reporting, and that means baseball season is upon us! So many things are evolving with regard to pitching dynamics – like "openers" rather than "starters" and less defined roles in many bullpens – but we need to adjust if we want to compete for that coveted league championship. As in the past, I'll cover one division each week, and, hopefully, we should have a value-laden pitching staff heading into the 2019 season. Things will surely change as Spring Training progresses, but we handle those on the fly. Remember, the Musings are intended to be interactive. Ask questions and share your opinions. That's what we're here for. Let's get to it and look at the:
National League East
Atlanta Braves – Last spring the Braves were trying to answer some question marks for their rotation. Julio Teheran was expected to lead the staff despite being rather inconsistent over his major league career. There were cautious expectations regarding the promising, but unproven, Mike Foltynewicz, and the rest of the crew was made up of recycled journeymen placeholders and some pretty nice rookies. Foltynewicz took a major step forward, but Teheran has yet to convince me he can consistently perform at the level of a top starter. He doesn't have to now. Kevin Gausman has escaped Baltimore and will join Folty at the top of the rotation. Both are worthy draft day targets, and yes, I expect a very big year from Gausman. Young Sean Newcomb rounds out