Given new life, the Braves will turn to Mike Foltynewicz to see how far this October resurrection can go.
After Sunday’s electrifying 6-5 win, the Braves stayed alive in the NLDS, closing the series gap to 2-1. Looking to tie the series and send it back to Los Angeles for a decisive Game 5, Atlanta will tab Mike Foltynewicz to the mound.
As you likely recall, Folty’s first career postseason start took place on Thursday, and it was one of his most unsightly outings in a Braves uniform. Not only did he only make it a career-shortest two innings, he allowed four runs on three hits (two home runs), hit a batter, and walked three. Today, he looks to reward the Braves’ faith in him by reversing his playoff course and giving his team a chance to even things up at two games apiece.
If there is a silver lining to Folty’s subpar Thursday start, it is that he only threw 50 pitches, roughly half his usual count. After four days of rest, along with a truncated workload from Game 1, it is possible he could make it into the later innings if his control is on point.
The Dodgers will counter with Rich Hill, who has given Braves hitters fits in the past.
Even with last night’s win, the Braves’ offense is still scuffling at the plate. Ronald Acuña’s grand slam accounted for ⅔ of the Braves’ runs with one swing, and the collective offensive effort was enough to pull a victory, but the team was only able to muster four hits. Walker Buehler’s inability to find the strike zone for much of the second inning served as the catalyst for the Braves’ rally, but the team could serve themselves well by stringing together a few hits.
Regardless of how it happened, one thing is for sure - getting this crew back in front of their hometown crowd was just what they needed to get their mojo working again. Even with the offensive struggles, and the pitching staff’s control woes, it was clear there was a different level of intensity amongst this young squad than what we saw out West.
All season, the Braves have made a show out of prevailing when their backs are against the wall, and last night was no exception. It wasn’t pretty, but they got it done. Today, with the season on the line again, the same theme could prevail - it doesn’t matter how they get it done, as long as it results in a victory.
Game Date/Time: Monday, October 8, 4:30 p.m. ET
Location: SunTrust Park, Atlanta, GA
TV: FS1 / FOX Deportes
Streaming: Fox Sports Go
Radio: ESPN Radio, 680 AM / 93.7 FM, WYAY 106.7, Braves Radio Network, La Mejor 1600 / 1460 / 1130 AM