The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies will meet in Game 1 of the National League Division Series Tuesday afternoon at Truist Park. Max Fried will be on the mound for Atlanta while the Phillies will go with left-hander Ranger Suarez. The game is scheduled to get underway at 1:07 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on FOX. We will be providing updates here throughout the day so be sure to check back and follow along.
The Braves won the season series against Philadelphia 11-8, including a three-game sweep at Truist Park in mid-September.
It will be Ranger Suarez in Game 1 Tuesday, but the Braves will eventually have to deal with Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola if they are to advance to the NLCS.
Top to bottom, the Phillies’ lineup can be a problem for just about any team. J.T. Realmuto picked it up down the stretch while Alec Bohm put up big numbers in the season series against Atlanta.
News and Notes from Monday’s workout
The Braves inked Spencer Strider to a new six-year, $75 million contract extension Monday. Strider threw off the mound Sunday and took part in Atlanta’s team workout Monday, but his status and role for the NLDS remains unclear.
Brian Snitker spoke to the media Monday and discussed the challenges in facing a Phillies team that they saw 19 times during the regular season. He also said that the team is keeping its options open when it comes to Spencer Strider and confirmed that Max Fried will get the start in Game 1.
Max Fried also spoke to the media Monday and disclosed how he is feeling heading into another postseason, facing the Phillies’ lineup and how he tries to leave it all on the field every time he pitches.
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“Everything is good. Right now he’s feeling really good,” Brian Snitker said of Strider. He’s going to go out, throw a light bullpen today and so then we’ll kind of formulate and see how we’re going to use him.”
11:10 AM Update - William Contreras will serve as the DH for the Braves in Game 1. Contreras was 6-for-12 with two homers off of Suarez during the regular season. Robbie Grossman gets the start in left field against left-hander Ranger Suarez.
MLB has released the start times for the remainder of #Braves and Phillies NLDS:— Grant McAuley (@grantmcauley) October 11, 2022
Game 2 @ ATL - WED @ 4:37 pm
Game 3 @ PHI - FRI @ 4:37 pm
Game 4 @ PHI - SAT @ 2:07 pm
Game 5 @ ATL - SUN @ 4:37 pm
5:00 PM UPDATE - The Braves made it interesting in the ninth, but were unable to climb all the way back in a 7-6 loss to the Phillies in Game 1 of the NLDS. Max Fried struggled and Atlanta trailed 7-1 in the fifth. A three-run home run by Matt Olson in the ninth off of Zach Eflin pulled them to within one run, but Nick Casteallanos made an outstanding play in right on a liner by William Contreras and Travis d’Arnaud grounded out to end it.
“I’m not going to make any excuses. I took the ball today and put us in a big hole right away, right off the bat,” Fried said.
“They came out swinging and had a good approach. Frankly, I just didn’t do my job today. The guys were counting on me to go out and have a good start and keep it a close game and I just let it get out of the way too quick.”