Atlanta Braves News: The Atlanta Braves have officially announced their starters for NLDS Games One and Two. It was already apparent that would be the case with Fried nursing a blister and pitching an intrasquad game on Tuesday.
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Braves Announce Spencer Strider as NLDS Game 1 Starter
Spencer Strider finished the season with a 3.86 ERA, 20-5 win-loss record, and a franchise record 281 strikeouts on the season. Strider’s strikeout mark also led the league.
Braves Announce Max Fried as NLDS Game 2 Starter
With the announcement that Max Fried will start Game 2, the Braves are giving his blister a vote of confidence. Fried pitched five innings in an intrasqaud game on Tuesday, throwing 76 pitches while wearing a Band-Aid. He was not available after the game for comments. With the announcement being made official, it appears Max and his blister are ready to go.
Phillies’ Ranger Suarez to Start Game 1 of NLDS vs. Atlanta Braves
The Phillies will send Ranger Suarez to the mound in Game 1 of the NLDS for a second-straight year. The 28-year-old posted a 4.18 ERA in 2023 and has a 3.41 ERA for his career. Suarez pitched 125.0 innings for the Phillies and struck out 119 batters this season.
In last year’s NLDS Game One against Atlanta, Suarez walked five batters in 3.1 innings pitched. He was able to hold Atlanta to just one run as the Phillies went up 1-0 on Atlanta. Suarez dealt with injuries this season and is heading into the postseason after a rough stretch to end the year. Over his final two starts, Suarez allowed 10 earned runs in 11.1 innings.
Daysbel Hernandez to Make Braves Postseason Roster
The Braves have not announced this one yet, but Daysbel Hernandez has been informed that he will make the postseason roster. Daysbel Hernandez brings lightning out of the bullpen.
Who Will Start Game 3 of the NLDS for Braves?
Bryce Elder is the favorite to start Game 3 as of now, but the Brave did not announce it. He is the favorite by default. Charlie Morton is on the IL and will miss the NLDS with a strained right index finger. Elder has been bad down the stretch. Elder has a 5.75 ERA over his final 14 starts with 13 runs allowed in his final 12.1 innings.
We anxiously await for the announcement on if the Atlanta will roll with Bryce Elder despite his struggles or if they shall go a different route.