Tuesday was one of the best nights of the Braves season to this point, which is saying something, considering they are 21 games over .500.
Atlanta was able to go into Philadelphia and come out victorious. Not only that, but the Marlins and Mets also both lost. The Braves have now opened a commanding 5.5 game lead in the division over the Fish. They also lead the Phillies by 9 games and the Mets by 13. It’s a great time to be a Braves fan, but undoubtedly the most encouraging aspect of last night was Spencer Strider looking like his dominant self again.
Strider, whose velocity had been down in his last couple of starts, was sitting around 98 against the Phillies, where he’s at his best, and the results followed. He tossed six innings of one-run ball with nine strikeouts in the win, and he had quite the comment following the game, when he was asked if this game meant any more to him after what happened last year in the NLDS.
"I dislike every opponent equally."
— Bally Sports: Braves (@BravesOnBally) June 21, 2023
That’s the Spencer Strider Braves fans have come to know and love.
The ace of the staff looks to have found his footing again. On the latest episode of SportsTalkATL, we discuss Strider’s comeback start as well as the Braves commanding lead in the NL East.
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