Not surprising: the Braves’ offense calms down in the playoffs


The matchup to watch this wild card series against the Reds was the start of the Braves versus the Reds, and through a game, the start of Cincinnati holds significant advantage. However, it had no effect on the result – Max Fried and the Braves’ bullpen for 13 innings kept the Reds scorched.

I went into detail about this aspect of the series yesterday, and I concluded that Atlanta’s offense should have an advantage over Cincinnati’s rotation. My reasoning was simple: While the Reds’ starting pitches have been fantastic, they have not seen offenses like the Braves, or have made very good offenses this season, playing against the NL and AL Central. It didn’t matter to Bauer, who looked like a qualified Cy Young candidate, scoring a scoreless 12 over 7.2. However, while Bauer deserves a ton, the Braves’ offense should also bear some blame.

Like clockwork, Postson shows up and the Atlanta batsman is silenced. The offense, who led the Majors in OPS and extra-base hits, finished second in batting average, slagging and home runs, hit only twice from Bauer, and only a few times he had opportunities to score, all in all. Lost from And it wasn’t just Bauer either. The Reds’ bullpen, which has been nothing more than average this season, relieved Bauer in the eighth with double digits, and Atlanta barely had a scoring opportunity until the 13th inning.

Frankly, I don’t think it was on the mound today, the Braves’ offense was uneasy and under pressure – as the weight of the world was falling on them – every at-bat. There was not a single player outside of Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuna who appeared ready for the moment, which is surprising because almost everyone in Atlanta’s lineup has been here before. However, this is nothing new for the Braves, who have a long history of being unable to score at the postsman.

In their five-match loss to the Divisional Series last year, the Braves only managed to score an average of 3.4 runs per game. Meanwhile, the Cardinals – who had a very bad offense – scored 13 runs in Game 5 alone. The year before, against the Dodgers, the Braves were held scoreless in games 1 and 2 before scoring eight runs in the final two games – good for an average of two runs per game. But wait, there is more.

Before the Braves began this streak of three consecutive NL East titles, they last made it to the playoffs in 2013 when they faced the Dodgers. This time they were a bit more productive offensively, but not too much, scoring just 3.5 runs per game, resulting in just one win. A year ago, they were in a wild card game against the Cardinals and lost 6-3. In 2010, he faced off with the Giants in the Divisional Series, scoring just 10 times on four games (2.5 runs per game).

I could go, but I’ll stay there. The Braves have not won a playoff series since 2001. When October arrives, their crime disappears. I didn’t think there would be a problem with this swarm, given that this is the best offense they’ve put together in franchise history, but through a game – even if it was a win – they were sure. Self-confidence did not inspire much.

The Braves don’t have nearly enough pitching to carry through the postseason. They are lucky not to be down 1-0 and finishing face tomorrow. You can talk about Trevor Bauer and how great he was, but he – and the rest of the Reds’ pitching staff – left a lot of balls in the middle of the plate, with the Braves crushing all season. This is an incredibly talented group that almost looked as if they had lost confidence at the plate in Game 1. This needs to change, and fast, or for Atlanta it will be another short playoff run – something the Braves fans have all become very familiar with.

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