"They're Ready." Mike Soroka Says The Braves Can Win It All in 2020

For all the Atlanta Braves have accomplished in 2020 between a third consecutive division title and now holding a 1-0 lead over the Dodgers in their first NLCS appearance since 2001, they have done it largely without Opening Day starting pitcher Mike Soroka.

After posting a 2.68 ERA as a rookie in 2019, Soroka suffered a torn Achilles tendon in just his third start of the 2020 campaign, dealing a huge blow to the Braves' pitching staff. At the time, it seemed like a potential death knell to an already beleaguered rotation. But we obviously saw how the Braves bounced back and now find themselves three games from their first World Series berth of this century.

Soroka joined Starting 9 to talk about what it's been like dealing with a season-ending injury in an already crazy year and how he's felt watching other guys step up in his absence.

“Watching these guys and what they’re doing right now and how much fun they’re having makes it a lot easier to watch," Soroka said of getting to see his teammates in the NLCS while he's rehabbing. "It makes it a lot easier to kind of put yourself in that situation and remove yourself from what’s happening right now.”

And while I know how much it hurts him to not be out there helping this team win, Soroka has no doubt that even with him sidelined, Atlanta's time is now.

“What they are doing now, it’s special. They’re writing history because of what they’re doing. Obviously they have a good challenge with L.A., but I think they’re ready," Soroka said.

Hell yeah, Mike. As much of an impact as losing Soroka had, Max Fried and Ian Anderson have stepped up far more than anyone could have ever imagined and have this team frankly right where it should be. It's so exciting to think about how disgusting this rotation will be once Soroka comes back. Just nothing but young studs. But all we can do for now is go win the whole damn thing this year.

Be sure to listen to Mike's full appearance on Starting 9, because he offered a lot of great insight on pitching and his thoughts about the game today as a whole.