I’ve already made three versions of the potential Braves roster in the playoff, and I’ll have one final show before the post-season kicks off, but now it’s time to talk about another important aspect of October. We know which four novice shooters would make the list, provided there were no injuries, but how Brian Snicker posts his rotation is an entirely different conversation.
Unlike most teams, the Braves have four legitimate front-line options. Max Fried has been a standout player for two years now, but youngster Spencer Strider has been the most dominant force on the staff since joining the shift in late May. He along with Kyle Wright’s debut are the two primary reasons why the Braves are initially in a much better position to go into October than last season, and you can’t forget Charlie Morton. Although he’s been going through a season of ups and downs, he’s a strike maestro with plenty of experience in the post-season.
There are a lot of different ways the team approaches the post-season rotation, and matches have to play a role, but I have a consistent philosophy on how to approach things – write nothing.
Now, there is a scenario where Braves are in the Wild Card series, and neither Max Fried nor Spencer Strider is available for the first couple of games. The NL East race could very well end well into the final day, and if the Braves fail, things will change. However, providing all the horses fresh and ready to go, Brian Snitker’s job shouldn’t be too difficult.
Max Fried or Spencer Strider should start Game 1, and the other should start Game 2 – no questions asked. Because of experience, I imagine Snicker will lean toward Fried, but I wouldn’t have any problem if he went with the rookie. Strider is arguably the league’s most dominant bowler since joining the league, and something tells me he’ll be enjoying the next moment in October. Either way, these guys should start Game 1 and 2.
The most difficult decision for Brian Snicker is who gets the ball in a virtual 3-game – Kyle Wright, who is running a breakout campaign and likely to win 20 games this season, or veteran Charlie Morton. Again, this is a scenario in which I wouldn’t blame Snitker in any way. In my opinion, he can’t go wrong, but I lean towards Morton because of his ability to attack and his post-season experience. Nobody should complain if he goes with Wright, but at this point, I expect he’s going with Morton.
Potential brave rotation
- Max Fried
- Spencer Strider
- Charlie Morton
- Kyle Wright
Given the starting options that Brian Snitker had when available in the last post-season, especially after Morton landed with a broken splinter, this October should be like Christmas for the Braves manager. Now he doesn’t have to choose between Tucker Davidson and Dylan Lee. Snitker has four stallions at his disposal, which will be a huge plus for the brave this time around.
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