UPDATE - Brian Snitker confirms that Newcomb will be the starter in Game 3.
Kevin Gausman was announced as the likely starter for the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 but they may now be rethinking that decision. MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports that the team is now leaning toward giving the start to Sean Newcomb instead.
The Braves announced Gausman as their Game 3 starter. But they are now leaning toward starting Newcomb tomorrow.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) October 6, 2018
Down 0-2 you can’t really fault Atlanta for pulling out all the stops. Newcomb came within one strike of throwing a no-hitter against Los Angeles during the regular season. He made a solid appearance in relief in Game 1. Gausman could also be used as a reliever as the Braves should be approaching the game from an “all hands on deck” standpoint.
No matter who they elect to pitch, they are going to have to find a way to score some runs if they want to extend the series. Atlanta’s offense has been non-existent through the first two games and will face another tough task against Walker Buehler in Game 3.