Phillies vs Braves NLDS Game 1 starting lineups and pitching matchup –

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Familiarity won’t be an issue when the Phillies and Braves battle in the National League Division Series. This will be the first time the National League East rivals have met in the postseason since Philadelphia won the 1993 NL Championship Series in six games.
NLDS Game 1: Tuesday on FOX/FS1
Atlanta will be looking to defend its World Series title when it begins this best-of-five series. The Phillies advanced to the NLDS by sweeping a best-of-three Wild Card Series against the Cardinals. It marked their first postseason series victory since 2010.
The Phillies haven’t played at home since Sept. 25, when the Braves won an 11-inning game to split a four-game set. Atlanta went 11-8 during the season series against Philadelphia.
Games 1 and 2 of the NLDS will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday at Truist Park. The Phillies will host the next two games on Friday and Saturday (if necessary). Game 5 would be played in Atlanta on Oct. 16.
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Here are answers to some of the questions you may have about this NLDS:
When is the game and how can I watch it?
Game 1 of the best-of-five NLDS will be played Tuesday. The game will be broadcast on FOX or FS1. Game times for the series have not yet been announced.
All series are available in the US on MLB.TV with authentication to a participating Pay TV provider. Games are not available live internationally (archives are available approximately 90 minutes after the game ends).
What might the starting lineups look like?
Phillies: Interim manager Rob Thomson dropped Bryce Harper from the No. 3 to No. 4 spot in Game 1 of the NL Wild Card Series on Friday against Cardinals left-hander José Quintana because he said it created more separation between Kyle Schwarber and Harper. But then Thomson kept Harper there in Game 2 against right-hander Miles Mikolas, so maybe that will be Harper’s spot in the NLDS, too. Matt Vierling could get the start in center again over Brandon Marsh with Braves left-hander Max Fried on the mound.
1. Kyle Schwarber, LF
2. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
3. J.T. Realmuto, C
4. Bryce Harper, DH
5. Alec Bohm, 3B
6. Nick Castellanos, RF
7. Jean Segura, 2B
8. Bryson Stott, SS
9. Matt Vierling, CF
Braves: Eight different Braves hit at least 15 homers for the first time in franchise history. Austin Riley and Matt Olson ranked first and second in the NL in extra-base hits. Atlanta relies on the tremendous power potential that exists throughout its lineup. Michael Harris II could bat as high as third when opposing a right-handed starter. But when the opponent is starting a southpaw, expect to see Harris bat near the bottom. William Contreras should be the DH against lefties, while Marcell Ozuna might fill that role against right-handers. This is what their lineup could look like for Game 1:
1. Ronald Acuña Jr., RF
2. Dansby Swanson, SS
3. Austin Riley, 3B
4. Travis d'Arnaud, C
5. Matt Olson, 1B
6. William Contreras, DH
7. Michael Harris II, CF
8. Robbie Grossman, LF
9. Orlando Arcia, 2B
Who are the starting pitchers?
Phillies: It looks like left-hander Ranger Suárez (10-7, 3.65 ERA) will get the nod in Game 1, although Thomson did not confirm it Saturday. But it makes sense because Suárez established himself as the team’s No. 3 starter in the second half of the season, going 4-2 with a 2.95 ERA in his final 14 starts. He went 1-2 with a 3.21 ERA in five starts this season against the Braves, including one earned run in 12 innings in two starts against them last month.
Braves: Max Fried (14-7, 2.48 ERA) has positioned himself as one of the game’s elite starters over the past few years. Fried has posted the NL’s third-best ERA (2.68) since the start of the 2020 season. The lefty allowed two runs or fewer in three of five postseason starts last year. He pitched six scoreless innings in the decisive Game 6 of last year’s World Series. He limited the Phillies to three runs over 11 innings during his two September starts against them.
How will the bullpens line up after the starter?
Phillies: Expect Thomson to continue to lean on right-hander Zach Eflin and left-hander José Alvarado in the most high-leverage situations late in games, if the Phillies have a lead. Behind Eflin and Alvarado are right-handers David Robertson and Seranthony Domínguez. Domínguez came up with some big outs in Game 2 of the Wild Card Series. The Cardinals had runners on first and second with two outs in the eighth inning, but he struck out Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado swinging to end the inning.
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Braves: Closer Kenley Jansen finished the season strong after encountering some early September trouble. His primary setup men are A.J. Minter and Raisel Iglesias. Collin McHugh has often been used to bridge a gap to the seventh inning. But if Schwarber or Harper are due up at any point before the seventh, expect to see left-hander Dylan Lee get the ball.
Any injuries of note?
Phillies: The Phillies are healthy entering the NLDS.
Braves: Ozzie Albies (fractured right pinkie) will likely not be available before the NL Championship Series. Albies’ only potential contributions now would come as a pinch-runner. The Braves are hoping Spencer Strider (strained left oblique) will be available to make at least one start or potentially serve as a reliever.
Who is hot and who is not?
Phillies: Nobody will say he is hot just yet, but it is noteworthy that Harper worked a huge walk in Game 1’s dramatic ninth-inning comeback, then crushed a homer to right in the second inning in Game 2. It could be a sign that Harper is heating up. It goes without saying the Phillies would love to see NL MVP Harper in the NLDS.
Braves: Olson was stone cold through September’s first few weeks, but he hit .375 with six homers and a 1.416 OPS over his final nine games. Acuña (.664), d’Arnaud (.661) and Harris (.657) all produced a sub-.700 OPS going back to Sept. 19. But each could have benefited from the break between Wednesday’s regular season finale and the start of the NLDS.
Anything else fans might want to know?
Phillies: The Phillies will host Game 3 on Friday. It will be the first postseason game at Citizens Bank Park since Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS.
Braves: The Braves went 7-1 at home during last year’s postseason. They are bidding to reach the NLCS for a third straight season. … Harris, the Braves’ rookie center fielder, was 10 when the Phillies last participated in the postseason (2011).


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