I get to tell you something that we haven’t heard since 2001: the Braves have won a National League Division Series. And regardless of what happens from here, no one can take that away. After being the better team on paper for many a series only to leave with nothing, this year’s team was decidedly better than its opponent, and it showed very clearly on the field.
This game was the perfect exclamation point to this three-game sweep. The starting pitcher — the spot on the roster where we have been most concerned — shoved for six innings. Kyle Wright, making his first postseason start of his career, only gave up five baserunners while striking out seven in six scoreless innings. And the Braves scored enough runs early that we were then able to go to the “B” squad of the bullpen, and they dealt scoreless innings as well. Combined, AJ Minter, Jacob Webb, and Shane Greene gave up 2 hits and no runs in their three innings of work. 15 times in this series a pitcher was called to the mound — starter or reliever — and only twice did that pitcher allow a run (Fried and Melancon in game 1). To bring a guy on the mound 13 times — the game of Roulette that can be — and give up nothing is incredible.
The hero of the series is Travis d’Arnaud and his 2.092 OPS, and he put in work today. After Marcell Ozuna got the scoring started, d’Arnaud plated two with a 3rd inning double. At the middle of every rally this series was Travis d’Arnaud. I had a few Rays fans texting me, “You know where he got his career going again, right?” Yes, and the Mets gave him up. Love it. Not far behind in heroism was Dansby Swanson, who hit 2 home runs in the series and knocked in two more runs today with a triple.
If there was a series that would make you confident going into a Championship Series tilt with a juggernaut like the Dodgers, this was it. I don’t know what the future holds, I don’t knock if we can stack up, but I know that this team played probably its best postseason series since the 1995 World Series. We’ve waited a long time for this, and I hope you enjoy it.