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For Tyler Matzek, success has been a long time coming

Very few pitchers ever recover from the yips or at least make it back to the majors. But despite a five-year absence from pitching in the bigs, 29-year-old lefty Tyler Matzek not only rebounded from his severe stint of performance anxiety but this season, he’s been the Braves best reliever.

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Braves lineup remains the same, Reds make adjustments ahead of Game 2

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Though they struggled in Game 1, no need to change what has worked so many times in the past.

Though the struggles happened on an epic stage, it still was simply one game. The Braves offense is the reason why they are here, and as a result, they will feature the same lineup in Game 2 as they did in Game 1.

Game 2. Let's get it!#MixItUp pic.twitter.com/MRjF4ouXxq

— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) October 1, 2020

Reds starter Luis Castillo has not faced...

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Braves look for a solid outing from Ian Anderson with chance to advance on the line

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The Braves hope the offense gets started a bit earlier than yesterday.

The longest scoreless game in playoff history.

A playoff record 37 combined strikeouts between the Reds and Braves.

The Braves becoming the first team in playoff history to strikeout 20 or more times and have 20 or more players left on base in a playoff game.

And yet, despite all their failures yesterday, the Braves still pulled out a Game 1 victory for the first time since...

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Ian Anderson looks to solidify himself as the team’s third ace

Ian Anderson won’t get any first-place votes for the NL Rookie of the Year award. However, if he had started the year in the majors, he probably would have followed in the footsteps of Mike Soroka, who finished second in the Rookie of the Year race last season, or perhaps even better.

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The Braves bullpen lived up to all expectations in Game 1

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Atlanta’s bullpen has been pitching well all season. When they needed to step up, they did just that and helped to carry the team to victory against the Reds.

For the first time since the 2001 NLDS, the Braves are currently 1-0 in a postseason series. Yesterday afternoon’s marathon game had all the usual hallmarks of what usually ends up being a crushing defeat for Atlanta. We didn’t even have to look hard for examples of the Braves...

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The Daily Chop: Series lead for Braves, Freeman walk-off, TC Podcast, and more

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It was a long, agonizing road to victory for Atlanta, but they made it.

The Braves played an incredibly long, agonizing game against the Reds to begin the Wild Card round, but emerged from game one with a series lead. So often the Braves have been on the wrong end of games that end with pressure-packed situations, that impending doom seemed to await the club as each extra inning saw the Reds put runners on base. Credit to the Atlanta bullpen as they worked six...

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No surprise: The Braves offense goes silent in the playoffs

The matchup to watch leading up to this Wild Card Series against the Reds was the Braves’ bats versus the Reds’ starting pitching, and through one game, Cincinnati’s starters hold a significant advantage.

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Talking Chop Podcast Episode 246: Recapping a marathon Game 1 win

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The Atlanta Braves needed 13 innings on Wednesday afternoon, but the team prevailed with a 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the Wild Card round. Shortly after the game came to an end, the Talking Chop Podcast convened to break it all down.

Episode 246 features a conversation with Brad Rowland and Eric Cole, with the following topics on the docket:

The Braves certainly didn’t hit well in the opener, but they pitched out of...

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MLB Postseason open thread

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After an exciting and thrilling win by the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 over the Reds, what could be more enjoyable than spending the rest of your evening with more baseball? There are two more games on the docket for tonight as the Yankees will try to eliminate the Indians and the Dodgers and Brewers begin their series.

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Game 1 - Braves 1, Reds 0 (Atlanta leads 1-0)
Game 1 - Marlins 5, Cubs 1 (Miami leads 1-0)
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Max Fried and the bullpen save the day

Wow. That was exciting. Never in my life have I seen a postseason Game 1 that invigorating, as the Braves kicked off the Wild Card Series with a pitcher’s duel of the century, literally.

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Braves outlast Reds in 13 innings to take 1-0 lead in series

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Freddie Freeman delivered a walk-off single to bring the marathon game to an end.

The game began as a pitcher’s duel between Max Fried and Trevor Bauer and quickly evolved into a marathon but the Atlanta Braves finally came through in the 13th to secure a 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

Things started inauspiciously for Fried as Nick Senzel and Nick Castellanos greeted him with back-to-back singles to put runners at the corners with no one out. Joey...

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NLWC Game 1 Overflow Thread

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We’re going to the 11th in a 0-0 game

This has been a fun game, but I can only imagine the rivers of salt if the Braves lose. So maybe the Braves can avoid prompting that particular sojourn and walk it off in the 11th?

Stay tuned.

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NLWC Game 1: Reds vs Braves game thread

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The postseason will get underway for the Atlanta Braves Wednesday afternoon at Truist Park as they square off against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the National League Wild Card series. The game will feature an excellent pitching matchup between Atlanta’s Max Fried and Cincinnati’s Trevor Bauer. First pitch from Truist Park is scheduled for 12:08 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on ESPN.

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Braves set their Wild Card Series playoff roster

Just hours before the start of Game 1, the Braves announced their playoff roster for the Wild Card Series. Starting Pitchers Max Fried Ian Anderson Kyle Wright Relief Pitchers Grant Dayton Shane Greene Chris Martin Tyler Matzek A.J.

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Initial takeaways from the Braves first playoff roster

Less than an hour ago, the Braves released their Wild Card Series roster for their matchup with the Reds, and it looked a lot different than people might have expected.

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Braves set Wild Card series roster; Christian Pache in, Ender Inciarte out

An All-Star in 2017 and a three-time Gold Glover, Inciarte’s bat has continued to wilt in recent seasons — culminating in a disastrous .190/.262/.250 slash through 131 plate appearances in 2020.

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Cristian Pache included on Braves’ postseason roster against Reds

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The Braves include top outfield prospect on postseason roster.

The Atlanta Braves officially released their playoff roster for the Wild Card round against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday morning. The Braves will carry 15 position players and 13 pitchers for the first round. The biggest surprises are the additions of Cristian Pache, William Contreras and Charlie Culberson. Ender Inciarte and Adeiny Hechavarria were not included.

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No surprises for Braves lineup in Game 1 versus Reds

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Ronald Acuña will lead off and play center in Game 1

The Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds will meet in Game 1 of the NL Wild Card series this afternoon at Truist Park. Left-hander Max Fried will be on the mound for the Braves while the Reds will counter with NL Cy Young favorite Trevor Bauer.

No surprises for Brian Snitker’s lineup for Game 1. As expected Ronald Acuña Jr. will be lead off and play center field. Travis d’Arnaud will hit clean up...

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Starting Nine: Time for MVFree to have a defining October

In three career playoff series, Freddie Freeman has posted an OPS no higher than .728, including .673 last season.  | Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Reds vs. Braves is a matter of strength vs. strength, the pressure on Max Fried and home-field advantage in a season where it has mattered

Reds vs. Braves is a matter of strength vs. strength, the pressure on Max Fried and the benefit of home-field advantage for a team defined by its late-game magic

The Reds’ vaunted pitching...

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Max Fried, Braves look to grab early lead against Reds

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Game 1 will feature a marquee pitching matchup between Max Fried and Trevor Bauer.

The postseason quest for the Atlanta Braves will get underway Wednesday afternoon at Truist Park with Game 1 of the National League Wild Card round against the Cincinnati Reds. Atlanta captured a third straight NL East division title and secured the No. 2 seed in the National League with a 35-25 record. The Reds came into the season hoping to contend in the NL Central...

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