The Braves await an intriguing Wild Card round matchup against the vaunted Reds rotation, which will look to stifle the Atlanta offense that has been among the best in baseball. The rationale for picking either side is compelling, but the truth is: a three-game series is nearly impossible to predict, regardless of the perceived advantages for one side or another. Regardless, the staff at Talking Chop are working hard to provide in-depth coverage of everything that awaits the Braves later this week.
How will the Braves construct their roster for a three-game series with the Reds. Will all of their bullpen arms be healthy?
How have the Reds propelled themselves from an underdog at the outset of the season to a potential threat for the entire National League in just three two months?
Is there a formula that might lead the Braves past the Reds in the Wild Card round? Ivan lays out a potential scenario, with some precedent, that would give Atlanta a quick path to victory.
Mark Bowman also provides a blueprint for victory against the Reds this week. What will propel the Braves to a series win?
Accounting for the lack of quality rotation depth, this best-of-three series sets up more favorably than the later series will for the Braves. But they still need their potent offense and deep bullpen to compensate for the obvious advantage the Reds have in the starting pitching department.
Freeman, who came out of the gate a little slow, has been unstoppable lately, hitting an absurd .375/.496/.750 with 8 homers, 32 RBI and a 220 wRC+ in the month of September. He walked more than he struck out and continued to play his rock-steady defense at first base. The crazy month of September has propelled Freeman to the top of the MVP list, with many thinking the 31-year-old star should bring home the hardware next month.
How strong a case does Freddie Freeman have for the 2020 NL MVP? Well, probably the best one based on the numbers and the historical precedent.
For the week of September 21-27, Ozuna hit an absurd .500/.606/.923 with 3 homers, 8 RBI and 293 wRC+. Add in the Braves clinching the NL East for the third year in a row and it’s not hard to see why the accolades continue rolling in for Marcell. He’s on another planet right now.
The Braves get some well-deserved respect.
Who is set to break out in October?