The Braves will be kicking off their journey to the World Series tomorrow against the Philadelphia Phillies. Spencer Strider will take on Ranger Suárez in the 1st of a 5 game series. While the Phillies took it to the Marlins in a best of 3 series, the Braves have been taking it to each other in sim games, of which the public were invited to watch at Truist Park. While the Braves roster has not been officially announced, many beat writers got the scoop on what they think is the full NLDS Roster.
Surprising Omission on the Braves NLDS Roster
In a fairly surprising move, Jesse Chavez will not partake in the NLDS. Peanut seems to think that the front office did not think he was ready yet, but could join the team should they move on to the next round.
Surprising Additions on the Braves NLDS Roster
The current projected NLDS Roster has the Braves carrying 12 pitchers and 14 position players. The most surprising offensive addition is Vaughn Grissom, who’ll likely only be utilized should the Braves need a PHer. The pitching additions and/or lack of subtractions are more shocking as Daysbel Hernandez and Brad Hand have seemingly made the first cut. After pitching fairly well after the trade, Hand got his dealt to him the last 6 games of his season where he only tallied 4.1 innings but gave up 9 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks. Hernandez looked brilliant in his first outing with the big league club, but faltered in 2 of his next 3 then hit the IL. Still, his stuff looked really strong, but it’s likely that he’s just there for insurance and Snit will try to stay away from him, especially with the off days.
Braves Relief Pecking Order
If Spencer Strider can go 6, the Braves should have a fairly simple 7,8,9 game plan, utilizing A.J. Minter when the big lefties come up, a combination of Pierce Johnson and Kirby Yates for 7th/8th inning duties, and Raisel Iglesias for the 9th.
Full List of Expected Braves NLDS Roster
Catchers (2): Travis D’Arnaud and Sean Murphy
DH(1): Marcell Ozuna
There’s also speculation that Grissom could be left off for a 3rd catcher, but I doubt they go that route unless there’s an injury to one of the catchers.