Braves have one last playoff tuneup against the Red Sox before the playoffs begin
Sun, Sep 27th 9:50am EDT
The Atlanta Braves have nothing to play for as they are locked into the NL’s No. 2 seed. It showed yesterday as it looked like they were going through the motions in an 8-2 loss to the Red Sox. However, aside from Austin Riley who has been sitting out with a quadriceps injury, the Braves played almost all of their regular starters yesterday. I would expect this to be the day where more of their starters get a day off so that they are fully rested for their first playoff action on Wednesday. Oddsmakers seem to expect the same, as Atlanta’s odds are much lower than they would be under normal circumstances. Red Sox starter Nick Pivetta (1-0, 1.80 ERA) also looked good in his Red Sox debut, and his 2-1 record with a 4.10 ERA in seven career starts against the Braves is respectable.