The Atlanta Braves are in first place and 18.5 games ahead of the Mets in the N.L. East right now. If Mets continue their downward spiral, it won’t be long before they make a decision on moving some of the players on one-year deals.
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The Atlanta Braves currently lead the National League in team relief ERA with 3.44. They trail only the Yankees (3.25 ERA) and Guardians (3.40) in all of baseball. Do the Braves really need another bullpen arm?
You can never have too much pitching. The ERA leader in our pen is Jesse Chavez with a 1.55 ERA through 29 innings. He is currently on the 15-day IL.
Nick Anderson has had a solid comeback season with a 3.06 ERA through 35.1 innings pitched. He is on the 60-day IL.
David Robertson is adding another phenomenal season to his resume. Through 41.1 innings, Robertson has a 1.96 ERA with a 0.992 WHIP. Robertson is on a one-year deal with the Mets and is a prime candidate for them to move at the deadline. Adding Robertson would help ensure the Braves finish the season with a premium bullpen.
Robertson would be vaulted into a high-leverage spot for the Braves. The 38-year-old is in his 15th Major League season. He has a career ERA of 2.84 with nearly 12 strikeouts per nine innings. He would bring loads of experience to the clubhouse, having won a World Series championship in 2009 with the Yankees. He was formerly the setup man to the greatest closer of all time, Mariano Rivera.
Adding a quality arm like Robertson gives Atlanta some much-needed insurance in case of an injury. In baseball, you always need an insurance plan.