As expected the Atlanta Braves have promoted Kyle Muller once again to make his second career start as the Braves try to get a split of the series in Cincinnati. The roster casualty in this one will be Tanner Roark, who did not even appear in a game for the Braves after being promoted.
The #Braves today recalled LHP Kyle Muller to Atlanta after optioning RHP Tanner Roark to Triple-A Gwinnett following yesterday’s game.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 27, 2021
Muller did a nice job in his last outing and held the Mets to one run over four innings in New York. Today will be a tougher test for the 23 year old as he faces a top 10 offense in a hitter friendly stadium. Muller struggled with home runs early in his season at Gwinnett allowing 6 in his 31 1⁄3 minor league innings this season, though he didn’t allow any in his final two starts at the level. This start may hinge on his ability to avoid giving up the long ball, though to his benefit is the fact that the Reds have struggled against left handed pitching this season. Cincinnati has just a 90 wRC+ against left handed pitching in 2021 vs 109 vs right handed pitching. Between Triple-A and the major leagues Muller has not allowed more than one run in any start since May 21st.
Roark will continue getting innings with Gwinnett, presumably in the bullpen where he has a 3.06 ERA in 17 2⁄3 innings this season.