The Atlanta Braves ended the speculation about who would be the starter for Game 3 of the National League Division Series with a tweet on Friday morning. The Braves announced that rookie Spencer Strider would get the ball in Philadelphia, followed by Charlie Morton in Game 4.
Strider (11-5, 2.67 ERA) has been phenomenal during his rookie season and seems to be one of two potential NL Rookie of the Year options in Atlanta alongside Michael Harris II. Strider struck out 202 batters in 131 2/3 innings this season, good for sixth in the National League and 11th in the majors.
As if his overall numbers weren’t enough, Strider was particularly effective against the Phillies this season. He carded his highest inning total against Philadelphia at 21 1/3 over four appearances, all of which were wins for the flamethrowing righty. He posted a 1.27 ERA in those appearances, striking out 34 batters while allowing just 14 baserunners for a 0.656 WHIP.
In his lone road start in Philadelphia, Strider pitched six innings of one-run ball with six strikeouts, three hits and one walk. The lone run for the Phillies came on a solo home run by Kyle Schwarber in the sixth inning.
Game 3 is set to begin at 4:37 p.m. on FS1, with Aaron Nola (11-13, 3.25) getting the ball for the Phillies.
Just before 1 p.m. on Friday, the Braves announced their lineup for Game 3 of the NLDS.
Marcell Ozuna remained in the lineup as designated hitter, with Vaughn Grissom getting the start at second base. Travis d’Arnaud is behind the plate again after going 3-for-8 in the first two games with four RBIs, a double and a home run.