Buckle up kids! It’s Playoff time.
The Cincinnati Reds come a callin’ in the Wild Card round. Because of the COVID shortened season the Braves have not faced off against the Reds this year. Matter of fact last time was 2019, remember that?
In a three game series it’s anyone’s game.
Where the Braves lack in pitching, because face it we have no clue how the young staff is going to react to playoff baseball, they make up for it in offense. Even with that uncertainty we can look to one of the strongest bullpens in the National League. No gimmes in that crew.
So let’s start with the visiting team.
Manager David Bell has used 54 different lineups this season, which is an exhausting amount. Here is the one that has been used more than the rest, so take this projected lineup with a grain of salt.
1) Aristides Aquino, LF
2) Nick Castellanos, RF
3) Joey Votto, 1B (L)
4) Eugenio Suárez, 3B
5) Mike Moustakas, 2B (L)
6) Nick Senzel, CF
7) Jesse Winker, DH (L)
8) Freddy Galvis, SS (S)
9) Curt Casali, C
With the southpaw Max Fried going for the Braves look for Bell to field a right-handed heavy lineup. And if for some reason Fried can’t go deep, David Bell has some good lefty bats as well.