I did this exercise last week, but a few things have changed since then. Most notably, Spencer Strider received the call and even earned his first win in just his second major league appearance. It’s shocking to think, given Strider began the season with the August Green Jackers, the Braves A-ball affiliate, but his powerful arm could be useful out of the bullpen in the postseason. Let’s see what else has changed from my initial projections.
I definitely would have gone with Max Fried in Game 1. He’s been the best pitcher in baseball since the All-Star break and has dominated in the postseason, but I can live with Morton, who is the established veteran that has also had an extensive amount of success in the playoffs. Nothing else changed.
- Travis d’Arnaud
- William Conteras
The Braves may go with three catchers, but I still have them carrying only two because of their lack of depth at the position.
Arcia’s defensive versatility and knowledge of the Brewers give him the edge for the final roster spot. However, if the Braves opt to go with a third catcher, it could be Arcia that gets the boot.
We haven’t seen Cristian Pache in months, but there is an outside shot the Braves call him up for the postseason because of his glove. However, his bat just hasn’t progressed all season, so I find that highly unlikely. I expect all six of these guys to be on the roster.
- Will Smith
- Tyler Matzek
- Luke Jackson
- Chris Martin
- Jesse Chavez
- Jacob Webb
- Richard Rodriguez
- A.J. Minter
- Spencer Strider
Going over the roster for the final time, I came close to changing a couple of things but settled on just one. Spencer Strider and his 100 MPH fastball needs to be included. He pitched twice against the Mets and showed the ability to handle major league hitters. Strider did give up one homer, but it was on a slider that was off the plate — not a bad pitch at all. Strider then tossed 1.1 scoreless innings on Sunday, earning the win. His power arm out of the bullpen could be a tremendous weapon, especially against guys who have not ever seen him. I’m hoping the Braves are thinking the same thing. I have him replacing Sean Newcomb, who was recently optioned to Gwinnett to make room for Strider.
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