While Braves presumptive ace Julio Teheran continues to struggle, rookie Matt Wisler pitched like an ace today. With the Braves bullpen depleted, Wisler faced up with Clayton Kershaw and matched the Dodgers’ ace through 6 2/3 strong innings.
Wisler allowed only 4 hits, while walking 2 and striking out 6. Wisler gave up no earned runs, a Braves boot in the first inning allowed in an unearned run.
This was the type performance that an ace pitcher delivers. What makes Wisler’s performance additionally impressive, his last appearance was in relief 4 days ago, when he earned a save against the Marlins.
Last season Wisler was a typical rookie, wild-eyed and just trying to survive. When you hear Wisler talk in postgame this season, he is analyzing his gameplan versus the results. He is looking and acting like a pitcher who has taken a big step, maybe two.
With the Braves starting rotation in flux and Teheran looking shaky, Wisler’s performance is even more welcome to manager Fredi Gonzalez and the Braves organization.