The Atlanta Braves were treated to a rude awakening from the Philadelphia Phillies' bats in Game 3 of the NLDS. Philly's offense exploded for 9 runs, including a 6-run bottom of the 3rd.
In retrospect, it's easy to question the decision manager Brian Snitker made to throw rookie Spencer Strider into such a hostile environment following a lengthy IL stint. He looked good in innings one and two, but allowed 5 of the 6 Phillies runs in the third.
Fortunately, Snitker has a trick up his sleeve. Choosing veteran Charlie Morton to take the ball in Game 4 is actually the smartest move to make, and here's why.
When his team faces the most dire situations in postseason baseball, Morton is a gamer. That's evidenced by his 4-0 record and 0.46 ERA in winner-take-all playoff games, per a stat from the MLB Deadline News Twitter account.
By contrast, he's just 3-4 with a 4.32 ERA in his other postseason appearances.
The last example of this dates back his last postseason run with the Tampa Bay Rays. He got the ball for Game 7 of the ALCS against the Houston Astros, and calmly pitched 5.2 innings of no-run, 2-hit, 6-strikeout baseball. Back in 2017, with the Astros, he tossed 5.0 innings of no-run, 2-hit baseball against the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the ALCS.
Game 4 isn't technically a winner-take-all situation for the Phillies, but that's the case for Morton's Braves. Win or go home. And there's nobody better on Snitker's staff to force that pivotal Game 5 than the man on the mound this afternoon.
First pitch is scheduled for 2:07 p.m. ET, and the Braves enter this Game 4 clash as -130 moneyline favorites per MLB odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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