Well, the Braves 2021 playoff adventure has begun, and it started…sub-optimally. Earlier in the day, the Braves announced the roster, with some mild surprises, but nothing ground-shattering. Richard Rodriguez and Chris Martin were excluded, while Dylan Lee and Terrance Gore just made the cut. Spencer Strider and Cristian Pache were left off.
As for the game itself, the Braves lost a pitching duel between Corbin Burnes and Charlie Morton 2-1, despite threatening to tie it late. Charlie Morton kept the Brewers scoreless through six innings, but a hit batter and a subsequent home run in the seventh gave the Brewers the only two runs they got in the game, but also the only runs they would need. Joc Pederson provided the only run of the game for Atlanta with an eighth inning pinch hit homer. The Braves had some opportunities with runners in scoring position to score, but never were able to get the crucial hit.
For today, Max Fried will take the mound for the Braves, facing off against Brandon Woodruff for Milwaukee. Fried has been pitching at an extremely high level of late, so this is a matchup that looks pretty good for Atlanta, despite Brandon Woodruff being a very good pitcher in his own right. That being said, the Atlanta offense needs to get going. Scoring only one run is unlikely to get you a win in the postseason, even if the pitching is good.
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