The Atlanta Braves have made their decision for Game 3 of the playoff series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Bryce Elder has been chosen as the starting pitcher for the important game.
Elder had been a consistent member of the rotation throughout the regular season but faced some struggles towards the end. Despite this, the Braves have shown confidence in him by granting him the starting position for Game 3.
The decision to go with Elder was based on his impressive performance in intersquad games and the team’s belief in his abilities as a starter throughout the year. In the first half of the season, Elder had a remarkable 2.97 earned run average (ERA) and even earned a spot in the All-Star Game. However, concerns arose due to his struggles with command towards the end of the season.
To alleviate any doubts, the Braves had Elder face their regular lineup during a scrimmage and were pleased with his performance. This further solidified their decision to give him the opportunity to start in Game 3.
While Elder was chosen as the starter, rookie AJ Smith-Shawver was also considered for the role. Ultimately, he will be taking a place in the bullpen, ready to provide support if needed during the game.
The Braves are banking on the energy and emotion of the Philadelphia crowd to work in their favor. Having had a successful record of 5-1 against the Phillies in Philadelphia during the regular season, they are hopeful that they can carry this success into the playoffs.
In Game 3, the Braves will be facing experienced pitcher Aaron Nola. The team has faced Nola many times in the past, which might give them a slight advantage in terms of familiarity with his pitching style.
Looking ahead, Spencer Strider has been announced as the starter for Game 4. The extra off days in the Division Series have allowed the Braves to schedule Strider on normal rest.
Strider had an impressive performance in Game 1, allowing only two runs and striking out eight batters over seven innings. If Game 4 becomes a closeout situation, Strider is expected to be ready and excited for the challenge.
As the Atlanta Braves make these crucial decisions, fans eagerly anticipate how the series will unfold and if the team can secure a spot in the next round of the playoffs.
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