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Braves catcher Tyler Flowers discusses what it's like to have family inside the MLB bubble during the postseason.
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Notes from Thursday:
- All that written, you won’t catch these Braves looking ahead at sweeps or the NLCS.
“This group is really good at staying in the moment and focusing on the matter at hand,” manager Brian Snitker said. “They’re content with playing today’s game. They come in and compartmentalize everything and keep the focus on today. It’s the one thing we can control. I think we just have to stay focused on today.”
- If the Braves lose Game 3, they’ll have to turn to the most uncertain part of their team: the back end of the rotation. They haven’t announced who would start Friday in Game 4. Huascar Ynoa and Bryse Wilson are the logical candidates.
“We have a plan in mind, but we’ll have to wait and see how we get through today,” Snitker said.
- Snitker indicated “a couple” of the Braves' relievers may be unavailable for Game 3. Darren O’Day, Tyler Matzek, Will Smith and Mark Melancon have pitched in the first two games. Depending on how the game unfolds, perhaps Snitker still turns to one of them for the third consecutive day, but the Braves have ample bullpen depth if they decide to give those pitchers a break.
The Braves' bullpen has been almost perfect this postseason. The group has a 0.52 ERA – one earned run in 17-1/3 innings – in four games. The Braves are now 29-0 when leading after six innings this season (2-0 in postseason).
- Sanchez held the Braves to three hits over six scoreless innings in their first meeting, which the Marlins won 8-0. The Braves got the better of Sanchez in the rematch, tagging him for four runs and chasing him after three innings in a win Sept. 23.
“This kid has an unbelievable arm,” Snitker said of Sanchez. “Man, it’s something else. As you see guys, you get more familiar with them. It’s going to be a tough ride today again, the third day in a row. These guys throw unbelievable starting pitching at you. This is our fifth game of the postseason, and we’ve faced five upper-echelon starters in every game. It’ll be tough, but our guys are good. They do their studying, they have their approach, and hopefully we come out on top.”
- The Braves set their expected lineup against Sanchez:
CF Ronald Acuna
1B Freddie Freeman
DH Marcell Ozuna
C Travis d’Arnaud
2B Ozzie Albies
SS Dansby Swanson
LF Adam Duvall
RF Nick Markakis
3B Austin Riley