It’s here, ladies, gents, and ne’er do wells. The biggest test for our Braves in the playoffs. The best team. The biggest payroll. Best of 7.

The Braves NLCS Roster

Nothing changed from the NLDS as the Braves carry the exact 28-man roster. It’s a bit surprising that they did not carry a 3rd catcher in William Contreras, especially considering how hot Travis d’Arnaud‘s bat has been. While I cannot foresee the Braves catching d’Arnaud for 7 straight games, I could see him catching 3, resting 1, then catching the last 3 (should series go 7). I’d also bet the 1 game he rests, he’d still be utilized as a DH which would force the Braves hand to put Marcell Ozuna in the outfield where adventure awaits.

Changes to the Lineup?

It’s worth mentioning Adam Duvall has turned back into a pumpkin against RHP and Nick Markakis has been as bland as a mayo-less sandwich in 21 plate appearances. While I wouldn’t expect lineup shakeups right away, there’s a chance that if the Braves are down in the win column and Duvall and Markakis are still driving the struggle bus, there could be changes. I’m still of the mindset that if you’re going to have a hitter in the lineup that’ll likely struggle, it’s best to make sure there’s some sparkle in the field. Cue Cristian Pache.

Braves Lineup

  1. Ronald Acuna Jr.
  2. Freddie Freeman
  3. Marcell Ozuna
  4. Travis d’Arnaud
  5. Ozzie Albies
  6. Dansby Swanson
  7. Adam Duvall
  8. Nick Markakis
  9. Austin Riley

Let’s get it on!