Braves Set Rotation For NLDS Games 3 & 4

The Atlanta Braves find themselves in a battle with the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League Division Series, tied at one game apiece after the first two games at Truist Park. 

Now the series heads to Philly for a pair of games, and the Braves have set their rotation. 

It begins in Game 3 with newly-minted $75M man Spencer Strider. The 23-year-old rookie hurler has had a sensational debut in the major leagues this season, and the Braves locked him up last week to a long-term contract.  Strider went 11-5 with a 2.67 in 31 appearances (20 starts), with a 0.99 WHIP and a dominant 13.8 K/9—the highest ever by a rookie pitcher. He posted 202 strikeouts in just 131.2 innings. 

Strider became the first pitcher in major league history this season to strike out 200 batters with fewer than 100 hits allowed, and the fastest pitcher ever, by innings, to reach the 200 K mark.

The Braves will then go from the fresh-faced rookie to the grizzled veteran for Game 4. Charlie Morton, 38, will take the hill in that one for the Braves, coming off his 4th straight (full) season of 200 strikeouts. Morton went 9-6 with a 4.34 ERA. 

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