The Braves are beginning their World Series title defense in earnest Tuesday, with the Phillies coming to town after stunning the Cardinals in the NL Wild Card round. From the ninth-inning rally off Ryan Helsley to the sterling start from Aaron Nola in Game 2, Philadelphia is riding a wave into the NLDS.
The Phillies will be rewarded with facing one of baseball’s best second-half teams this year in No. 2-seeded Atlanta, against whom they were 8-11 in the regular season. The Braves look like they’ll be getting Spencer Strider back after he missed the final few weeks of the season with an oblique injury. Strider was putting together a Rookie of the Year-caliber campaign before the injury, and he enters this series with a new long-term contract extension.
The Phillies, however, have as high a ceiling as one can expect for the No. 6 seed. Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber, Nick Castellanos and J.T. Realmuto present a formidable top of the order when they’re on, not to mention 30-home run hitter Rhys Hoskins. Hits, however, could be hard to come by for Rob Thomson’s squad at times, particularly once pitchers got past the top of the order.
The Braves, meanwhile, have a lineup that has just chewed through teams since the All-Star break. They have six players above league average in OPS+, including likely NL Rookie of the Year Michael Harris, who leads the team in average at .297 and had 20 stolen bases. The real question for Atlanta, however, is who will step up in the playoffs. Who can be this year’s Joc Pederson? That will be the difference for the Braves.
That and pitching, at least. The Phillies are without Zack Wheeler and Nola for Game 1 of this series because they pitched in the Wild Card round, meaning it will be up to Ranger Suarez to take on Max Fried in Game 1. Behind Fried for Atlanta is 21-game winner Kyle Wright.
It’s also advantage-Braves in the bullpen. The Braves had a 3.03 ERA this year, good for fourth in MLB. The Phillies were 23rd at 4.27, by far the lowest-ranked bullpen in ERA among the remaining teams. Jose Alvarado and Seranthony Dominguez have enjoyed stretches of excellence, but they’ll need consistency to hold the Braves down.
None of this, of course, rules out the Phillies at all. But the Braves are a tough matchup for everyone in NL this postseason. Does Philadelphia have what it takes to shock them?
Here’s what to know about Braves vs. Phillies in the NLDS.
Braves vs. Phillies schedule
Game: Game 1
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 11
First pitch: 1:07 p.m. ET
The Braves and Phillies are playing a best-of-five series in which Atlanta has home-field advantage. The first two games will be played in Atlanta, and the next two (presuming Game 4 is necessary) will be in Philadelphia. If they go 2-2 through four, Game 5 will be at Truist Park.
Tuesday, Oct. 11
Game 1: Phillies at Braves
1:07 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Oct. 12
Game 2: Phillies at Braves
4:35 p.m. ET
Friday, Oct. 14
Game 3: Braves at Phillies
Saturday, Oct. 15
Game 4: Braves at Phillies*
Sunday, Oct. 16
Game 5: Phillies at Braves*
* – If necessary
How to watch 2022 MLB playoff games
The National League side of the postseason will be broadcast on Fox and FS1, meaning both NLDS series can be seen on those stations.
Braves vs. Phillies live streams
For those who want to live stream the NLDS — whether it’s Phillies vs. Braves or Padres vs. Dodgers — fuboTV carries the Fox family of networks and offers a free trial.
Sportsnet NOW will stream NLDS games in Canada.
Braves vs. Phillies odds
As of Oct. 10, Caesars Sportsbook is giving the Braves -195 odds and the Phillies +162.
Updated odds can be found on Caesars Sportsbook.
Braves vs. Phillies tickets
Those interested in going to see the NLDS at Truist Park or Citizens Bank Park can find tickets through TicketSmarter.
The Phillies were overshadowed a bit by the Mariners this year, but they snapped a 10-year playoff drought with their entrance to the NL playoffs. That’s why the price jump from Game 2 to Game 3 is so dramatic — expect Citizens Bank Park to be packed to the gills as the Phillies play their first playoff baseball there since 2011. The average cost of a ticket will be around $337, with Game 3 severely impacting that number with an average cost of a whopping $708. The most expensive ticket in the series is $2,536.
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