Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb seemed to make serious strides in the team’s starting rotation last month. One quick look at the stats reveals that the 24-year-old accomplished something no other MLB pitcher did in May.
Newcomb notched an MLB-high five victories after the second-year player made six starts in the month. During that time, Newcomb pitched 35 innings, did not allow a home run, struck out 30 batters and posted a 1.54 ERA. Newcomb’s opponent batting average of .158 BA in May was the second lowest in baseball, behind the Seattle Mariners' James Paxton.
With May now in the books, Newcomb is 6-1 in the 2018 season with 64 strikeouts and a 2.73 ERA.
Newcomb’s final start of May on Thursday night was another strong one. He threw 7 innings in the Braves’ 4-2 victory over the Washington Nationals, allowing four hits and two earned runs. He retired 14 of the final 15 National hitters he faced.
“Yeah, I was able to lock it in to get through some innings,” Newcomb told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “That was my approach. I didn’t think I was going to be able to get through seven after that first inning [Newcomb opened the game with seven consecutive balls and walked the first two National batters he faced], but that was the through process, just lock it in and go as many innings as possible.”