The Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves concluded a thrilling Game 3 last night which saw the Braves keep their season alive with a 6-5 win. As both teams turn the page to Game 4, all the pressure is still on the Braves and Snitker is giving the to his ace, Mike Foltynewicz who had a rough outing in game one.
Rich Hill(LAD): Career Postseason stats: 1-2, 3.48ERA, 8 starts(none this postseason)
Regular Season Stats: 11-5, 3.66 ERA
Mike Foltynewicz(ATL): Career Postseason stats: 0-1, 18.00 ERA, 1 start(Game 1)
Regular Season Stats: 13-10, 2.85 ERA
As you can see above, the Braves are turning to their 27 year old up and coming ace and the Dodgers are turning to the savvy 38 year old. It is basically the summary of this series. The veteran heavy Dodgers vs a Braves team who has been sparked by a 20 year old Phenom among a host of other youngsters.
As we get closer to first pitch of Game 4, this Braves team showed everyone that they will not go down quietly as they try and send this series back to LA. Freddie Freeman hit what may be the biggest homerun of his career up to this point to give the Braves the lead and ultimately the win. He needs to have another big game at the plate for the Braves to have a chance.
The Braves need to find the groove at the plate. They still just had 4 hits last night and just can not really get anything going. I would love to see this team get back to slapping doubles or playing small ball and manufacturing runs and not rely on the homerun ball. However if relying on the homerun ball gives the Braves another win, I’ll take it.
As it goes for the Braves pitching, they need to work ahead in the count. Nothing good happens when you fall behind in the count, especially against this offense. Walks have been plaguing this staff all series and about cost them the game last night. Work ahead and good things will happen.
This game, no doubt, will be another fun game to watch. It will certainly be another roller coaster ride of emotions for us Braves fans, but that’s what makes us Braves fans! It is time to CHOP.
By: Bret Anderson