Just hours before the 4:37 p.m. ET first pitch, Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker finally named his NLDS Game 3 starter. The decision came down to rookie phenom Spencer Strider and trusty veteran Charlie Morton.
Snitker opted for a little youth.
Strider will get the ball in Game 3, although fans have been curious if he'll be on any sort of pitch count considering he finished the year on the IL with a strained oblique. Team insider Mark Bowman reported the potential innings limit Snitker will employ for his young rookie.
Bowman said "Strider will likely go 2-3 innings," pointing to the fact he's thrown off a mound just twice in the past 26 days. Strider's last MLB start was all the way back on Sept. 18 and coincidentally against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Strider tossed 6.0 innings of 1-hit, 1-run baseball during that last outing, striking out 10 batters. A strikeout artist, the rookie notched 202 K's during the regular season while pitching just 131.2 innings. That adds up to an insane 13.8 strikeouts per nine.
Time will tell if Strider shows any sort of rust after such a lengthy break. As a rookie, he's also racked up what's likely a lifetime high in innings pitched across a baseball season. Strider's previous high was 94.0 IP during the 2021 season with all four of Atlanta's minor league levels.
Atlanta enters this pivotal Game 3 matchup as -106 road underdogs per MLB odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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