Can Spencer “Dr. K” Strider (25, Atlanta Braves) get his act together after falling flat on his face in his first postseason appearance last year?
Atlanta will host the Philadelphia Phillies in the best-of-five National League Division Series (NLDS) beginning on April 8.
Ahead of the series, Atlanta announced the starting pitchers for Games 1 and 2 on Sunday at home at Truiste Park. Strider in Game 1, Max Fried in Game 2.
Philadelphia is the team that handed Atlanta an NLDS loss last year. Strider couldn’t overcome the Phillies’ lineup last year either.
He lasted just 2 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on three hits. It was blamed on a groin muscle injury, but there was no sign of Dr. K in the regular season.
Game 1 of the NLDS on Aug. 8 is a chance for Strider to redeem himself, and for Atlanta to redeem itself against Philadelphia.
However, the Phillies swept the Miami Marlins in the Wild Card Series. They advanced to the NLDS with two wins and no losses. They’re no pushover.
Even though Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola won’t be available for Game 1, the power of a rejuvenated batting lineup can’t be underestimated. Philadelphia is currently riding a wave of momentum.
Strider has pitched 186 2/3 innings in 32 games this season, going 20-5 with a 3.86 ERA. He’s struck out a whopping 281 batters. He led the majors in strikeouts.
He has a high ERA because he throws strikes. However, as his FIP of 2.85 indicates, he has the ability to completely dominate a game.카지노
After a disastrous outing in his first postseason appearance last year, it will be interesting to see if Strider can upset the Phillies in the all-important Game 1.