After squaring off in last year’s NLDS, the Braves and Phillies will once again meet in the Division Series. Last year, the rivals met in the middle of the day. That won’t be the case this year. The start times have been released, and it’ll be a primetime matchup.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) October 5, 2023
The MLB has done a terrible job with their schedules. Firstly, this series between the Braves and Phillies might be the best one of the entire postseason, and it’s only five games. 162-game season and this series is going to be a best-of-five? That’s criminal.
Thankfully, they got this one right. The Braves and Phillies are the two best teams in baseball. I don’t care that the Dodgers finished with a better record. Nobody other than Atlanta is built to win the World Series like Philadelphia.
They’ve got a 1-2 punch that can go toe-to-toe with any in Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola. Their lineup is deep with star power, but the Braves have both of those things in spades.
Max Fried and Spencer Strider are as good as Wheeler and Nola. What separates these two clubs is the offense. Atlanta is the only team in history to finish with a slugging percentage over .500, just tied the 2019 Twins home run record, and broke a slew of other records.
It’s the best matchup of this round and deserves to be in primetime. Truist Park and The Battery are going to be rocking. It’s one of the best experiences in all of sports and will be under the lights.
The only gripe I have is that it’s only a best-of-five. Maybe Rob Manfred will get it figured out next year.
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