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Wild Card Series Games 2 and 3 times announced

The Braves take on the Reds tomorrow in Game 1 of the Wild Card Series, which is a best of three. That game will take place at 12:08 ET, featuring two Cy Young candidates — Max Fried and Trevor Bauer.

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Previewing the Wild Card Series

The last time the Braves faced the Reds in the postseason was the 1995 campaign, which, save for the one just completed this past Sunday, was MLB’s most-recent shortened season.

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Reviewing my bold predictions at the end of the season

With the season finished and the Braves set to begin their Wild Card Series against the Reds tomorrow, it’s time to look at the bold predictions I made for this shortened 60-game campaign.

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Ronald Acuna Jr. to return from injury for Braves in opening round

Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. and reliever Chris Martin dealt with injuries at the end of the regular season, but both players will be available when the team starts its playoff series against the Reds on Wednesday.

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Latest On Ronald Acuna Jr., Chris Martin

Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. and reliever Chris Martin dealt with injuries at the end of the regular season, but both players will be available when the team starts its playoff series against the Reds on Wednesday, David O’Brien of The Athletic tweets.

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Braves offense vs. Reds rotation: Who has the advantage?

Yesterday, I broke down all three phases of the Cincinnati Reds — rotation, offense, and bullpen. I also wrote a separate piece on the formula for defeating them in the Wild Card Series.

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American League Wild Card round open thread

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The postseason officially begins today at 2 p.m. ET

The 2020 MLB Postseason will officially begin this afternoon with the American League Wild Card round. The Twins and Astros will get things started at 2 p.m. ET on ABC and will be followed by four more matchups throughout the evening.

AL Wild Card round schedule for Tuesday, September 29

Game 1 - Twins vs Astros - 2:00 p.m. - ABC
Game 1 - White Sox vs Athletics - 3:00 p.m. - ESPN
Game 1 - Blue Jays vs Rays -...

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Reds will be returning to the postseason for the first time since 2013

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Though their halls may not be as decorated as frequently as they were in the past, the Reds have some recent appearances on their resume as well.

When Max Fried takes the mound to face the Cincinnati Reds to officially begin the NL Wild Card round, it will be the first postseason appearance by the Reds since 2013, which also was the last season the Reds finished with a winning record. That likely is not a memorable moment though for Reds fans, as...

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Ronald Acuna, Austin Riley and Chris Martin ready for playoffs after injury scares

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The Braves appear to be healthy going into the postseason.

The Braves suffered some injury scares during the final week of the season, but it appears they are all ready to go as the postseason begins Wednesday.

According to Brian Snitker, leadoff hitter extraordinaire Ronald Acuna Jr. is feeling good after being scratched in the regular season finale with wrist irritation.

Snit on Acuña: "He's feeling good, he's fine. He didn't have anything that...

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How the Reds might beat the Braves

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A less-enticing pseudo-simulation

This post is (perhaps you figured this out already) a companion piece to the earlier one about how the Braves could beat the Reds. While I was always going to do two posts, one about winning the series and one about losing the series, amusingly, things worked out fairly easily for me. The “run” in the prior post was the first one I pulled, where the Braves hammered the Reds and won both of the first two games. I...

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Braves: Chris Martin will be ready for Game 1

In some MASSIVE news, Brian Snitker announced Chris Martin will be ready for Wednesday’s opener against the Reds.     Clint wrote yesterday that Martin’s 2nd postseason in a row was in jeopardy, but thankfully it looks like he’s healthy enough to go tomorrow if need be.

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Braves: Ronald Acuña is fine and will lead off in Game 1

Ronald Acuña Jr. was held out of the final game of the season with wrist soreness. That immediately had me, and the rest of Braves Country, imagining the worst.

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Braves: Marcell Ozuna showed us last year what he’s capable of in the playoffs

When the Braves signed Marcell Ozuna, it received mixed reviews. However, I’m not sure even the most optimistic person could have predicted what was about to ensue this season.

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Cincinnati’s offense struggled in 2020 but there are some talented hitters in the group

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Don’t overlook the Reds despite their team totals. This is a collection of talented hitters that have run into some bad luck.

Playoff baseball is finally back and our Atlanta Braves have managed to secure the #2 seed in one of the wildest seasons in recent memory. Just to recap a few of the biggest moments, the Braves saw their starting catchers sit out a week due to COVID, had their starting first baseman fighting for his life before putting together a...

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Reds rotation will be formidable challenge for Braves

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The Braves face off against the Reds in the first round, so I take a look at the Reds’ pitching options

The Atlanta Braves will begin the 2020 MLB Postseason Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds in the Wild Card round. Cincinnati’s rotation figures to be the biggest obstacle the Braves will face in advancing as it finished among the league’s best in the 60-game regular season.

Before we start, I’d like to point out that all of these pitching...

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NL Wild Card Series 2020: Reds vs. Braves Odds and Fantasy Picks

The Atlanta Braves hope to contend for a World Series title, but first they will have to get past the dangerous Cincinnati Reds ...

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The Daily Chop: Playoff previews, Freeman, Ozuna, TC Podcast, and more

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The Braves were well-decorated on Monday as they prepare for Wild Card play, with two of their sluggers taking home awards.

The Braves await an intriguing Wild Card round matchup against the vaunted Reds rotation, which will look to stifle the Atlanta offense that has been among the best in baseball. The rationale for picking either side is compelling, but the truth is: a three-game series is nearly impossible to predict, regardless of the perceived advantages...

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Talking Chop Podcast Episode 245: Previewing Braves-Reds

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The Atlanta Braves square off against the Cincinnati Reds in a three-game NL playoff series beginning on Wednesday afternoon. In advance of first pitch, the Talking Chop Podcast embarked on a two-part endeavor, first wrapping up the regular season in Episode 244 and then transitioning to playoff mode in the follow-up.

Episode 245 features Brad Rowland, Eric Cole and Scott Coleman, with the following topics addressed:

Atlanta’s roster decisions, from...

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MVP candidate Freddie Freeman wins Player of the Month for September

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Is the MVP award soon to follow?

Freddie Freeman has had quite the last few months, from battling a serious case of COVID-19 in July to annihilating opposing pitchers for 60 games. On Monday, Freeman was named the National League’s Player of the Month for September after a truly special stretch.

Freeman, who came out of the gate a little slow, has been unstoppable lately, hitting an absurd .375/.496/.750 with 8 homers, 32 RBI and a 220 wRC+ in the...

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Atlanta Braves off day open thread

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The 2020 regular season is in the books and the Atlanta Braves will begin postseason play on Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds in the Wild Card round. Tonight may be the last opportunity to catch your breath before the action starts. The 2020 season brought a lot of excitement and some heartbreak but we made it through it.

Tonight’s open thread question is what was your biggest surprise and disappointment from the regular season?

Enjoy your...

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