The Atlanta Braves haven’t set their official roster for the National League Division Series against the Miami Marlins but they have revealed their pitching plans for the first three games of the series. As expected, Atlanta will start Max Fried in Game 1 with Ian Anderson and Kyle Wright scheduled to follow in Games 2 and 3. Game 4, if necessary, is shaping up to be some sort of bullpen game while Brian Snitker said Saturday that he would consider bringing back Fried on short rest for Game 5 depending on how the series goes.
The Braves probably won’t release their roster for the Division Series before Tuesday’s deadline but they are expected to add at least one more pitcher to the mix and possibly two.
Braves, Marlins NLDS Preview
Major League Baseball released game times and broadcast information for the Division Series on Sunday and I hope you have a lot of sick days saved up if you want to watch the Braves live.
Atlanta went 6-4 against the Marlins during the regular season but this is a young and hungry team that simply can’t be overlooked.
Also here is a great look at how intradivisional matchups have worked out during the Wild Card era.
The Athletic’s Keith Law would list Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman as National League MVP on his hypothetical awards ballot.
Phillies General Manager Matt Klentak stepped down on Saturday after five seasons at the helm. Despite making some big splashes in free agency, the Phillies never qualified for the postseason during Klentak’s tenure. Club owner John Middleton is weighing his options and could opt to bring in a head of baseball operations as well as a GM.
The Washington Nationals will reportedly not renew the contract of pitching coach Paul Menhart for the 2021 season. The Nationals ranked 26th in the majors with a 5.09 staff ERA.