Projecting Braves’ postseason rotation plans

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If you want to have some fun over the next few days, project how you think the Braves’ rotation might look during the regular season’s final week and the early postseason rounds. There are a number of different options and the process will remain fluid as it’s influenced by whether or not Atlanta wins a fifth consecutive National League East crown.

Before getting into projections, let’s remember the Braves opted to push Spencer Strider’s start back at least a few days after he came to Truist Park with left oblique soreness on Tuesday. So, instead of starting on Saturday in Philadelphia, the heralded rookie might make his next appearance during the following weekend’s big series against the Mets.

And by giving Bryce Elder a spot start against the Nationals on Wednesday, the Braves were able to push Max Fried back a day to face a more formidable Phillies lineup on Thursday. Oh yeah, this also sets Fried up to start the finale of the three-game series against the Mets and Game 1 of either the Wild Card Series or the Division Series.

Funny how all the pieces just fell together with just a little tinkering. Now, let’s project how the pieces might fit together into the first couple of weeks of October.

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