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Braves name Sean Newcomb starter for Game 3 (UPDATED)

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Braves may make a switch for Game 3.

MLB: Atlanta Braves at New York Mets Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.