Tonight feels pivotal for Folty, though it probably isn’t in the big picture. Still, if he can string together three good to dominant outings, maybe, just maybe he is truly turning a corner.
As CB noted, that could be huge for the club. Folty is a flat-out power pitcher. He appears to have the arsenal to be a legit No. 1. His past two outings have been impeccable: 15 innings, 12 hits, 2 earned runs, 12 Ks and — critically — NO WALKS. Last season he never worked three straight excellent starts. In fact, he had no starts in which he did not issue at least one walk. So he’s already taken a small step, at least.
Turn in another quality outing tonight and he could be on his way.
The lineup: D’arnaud 3B, Markakis, Freddie, Francoeur LF, Flowers C (he’s hitting, leave him in there), Beckham 2B, Castro SS (there is no reason to play Aybar any more), Folty, Mallex. Thankfully Mallex is in there against a lefty.