Atlanta Braves demote struggling P Mike Foltynewicz to Triple-A
The 27-year-old gave up eight runs on eight hits and two walks in four innings against the Washington Nationals. He's now surrendered 42 earned runs in 59 1/3 innings and has a 2-5 with a 6.37 ERA.
To take his place on the roster, the Braves recalled right-hander Chad Sobotka from Gwinnett.
Foltynewicz seemed to let his emotions and frustrations get to him on the mound as he had done prior to the 2018 season. Manager Brian Snitker noticed.
"I thought he had turned the corner, but I'm seeing signs this year of him going right back to where he was two or three years ago," Snitker said. "Nobody can take care of that other than him. He has to be the one who controls that."
Foltynewicz acknowledged his emotional struggles after Saturday's start.
"I've got a 7 ERA on a first-place team," Foltynewicz told reporters after the game. "It's just tough. I'm battling every night. It's just tough. It's just the person I am. I'm going to wear that stuff on my sleeve, especially when things aren't going my way. It's just tough. It's all my fault, too."
Last season, he was 13-10 with a 2.85 ERA. He gave up 130 hits and 58 earned runs in 183 innings, and batters hit only .195 against him. This season, opponents have a .275 average.
In a previous stint in Atlanta this season, Sobotka was 0-0 with an 8.25 ERA in 12 innings. At Gwinnett, he is 1-1 with a 5.87 ERA, striking out 14 in 7 2/3 innings.