Fans of the Gwinnett Stripers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, were in for a treat on Saturday night. After learning earlier in the week that Dallas Keuchel had been signed by their beloved Braves, those fans got even more exciting news when it was announced that Keuchel would make his first start in Gwinnett on Saturday, June 8.
Until the weather intervened…
A band of rainy weather had taken the East Coast, bringing rain to much-needed areas, ironically some of which are beach towns. That storm made its way all the way to Gwinnett, Georgia, a place where plenty of baseball fans were going to be paying attention to on Saturday night.
As a result of this rainout, Keuchel did not make a start for the Stripers (at least, not for now.
Keuchel, on of the biggest free agents entering this past offseason (and for a majority of this season), was the last of the marquee free agents to sign, as Kimbrel had signed with the Chicago Cubs just a few days earlier. In signing Keuchel, the Braves hope to put an ace at the front of a pitching staff that includes young guys like Max Fried and Mike Foltynewicz, studs like Kevin Gausman (formerly with Baltimore), a fireballer like Julio Teheran, and Mike Soroka, who is second in the NL in ERA.
In his start last night (Monday, June 10) for the Rome Braves, Keuchel looked to be in mid-season form, as he struck out nine batters in seven innings of work, while only allowing one hit and walking one batter.
Keuchel said in a postgame interview that he felt good, and he could potentially start with the Braves after one more start in the minors. Keuchel is scheduled to start once more, for an unnamed Braves affiliate, before potentially joining the Braves rotation.
When Keuchel joins the Braves, watch out, league…