Well, the Braves lost Game 1, which really hurts, especially since it was a very favorable matchup with Spencer Strider on the mound against Ranger Suarez. Strider did his job, despite being responsible for two runs (one due to a throwing error), as he covered seven innings and largely kept the Phillies’ offense down. The Braves offense simply suffered from some bad BABIP luck, some bad sequencing, and a power outage. It was pretty demoralizing to see the Braves’ biggest strength, a historically good offense, get entirely neutralized by the Phillies’ third starter and bullpen. No, I don’t think it can reasonably be attributed to the change in the lineup and no, the pitching was not a disaster, the offense just couldn’t get it going at the worst time. Now the Braves will have to beat the Phillies in three of the next four games if they want to advance, two of which are likely to be started by Zach Wheeler. Hopefully the offense can find it’s power again and fast.
We now have the complete start times for the entire Braves vs Phillies series.
We discussed managing playoff emotions.
We got the full Braves’ NLDS roster, including Daysbel Hernandez.
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Brian Snitker and Max Fried gave pregame comments.
We have our flagship podcast show recapping every playoff game, so here is the recap for game 1.
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