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“This is what you play for:” Braves begin crucial series against Phillies for NL East

WSB Atlanta logo WSB Atlanta 9/28/2021 WSBTV.com News Staff
a large stadium: ATLANTA, GA - MAY 07: A general view of Truist Park during the game between the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies on May 7, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. This is the first game with Truist Park capacity back to 100%. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) © Provided by WSB Atlanta ATLANTA, GA - MAY 07: A general view of Truist Park during the game between the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies on May 7, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. This is the first game with Truist Park capacity back to 100%. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

Sweep the series and you’re in. It sounds simple but that task will be anything but easy as the Atlanta Braves begin a 3-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Braves enter Tuesday night with a 2.5 game lead in the National League East Division. Atlanta has led the division since Aug. 15 and is trying to win it for the fourth straight year.

The pressure is on Atlanta. Two wins over the Phillies and one win over the Mets or Phillies loss to the Marlins would give the Braves the division.

Drop two or three games and the Phillies take the lead back and force the Braves hand against the Mets.

Channel 2 Sports Director Zach Klein will be LIVE at Truist Park ahead of tonight’s game, on Channel 2 Action News starting at 4 p.m.

With only six games left on the schedule, there aren’t many head-to-head matchups left in the race to the MLB Postseason. Braves manager Brian Snitker says he wouldn’t want it any other way.

“It’s going to be fun. This is what you play for. I’d rather have it that way than the other,” Snitker told reporters after Sunday’s win over the Padres. “It’s kind of fun to wake up, have a cup of coffee. You can’t eat and all you want to do is go to the ballpark.”

“I think you get to the end of the year and you look for an opportunity to get to the playoffs, and that’s exactly what we have,” Philadelphia manager Joe Girardi said. “That’s what we’re all looking forward to. It’s exciting. We have a shot.”

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The Braves and Phillies will send their aces to the mound each game this week.

Atlanta will turn to Charlie Morton (13-6, 3.53 ERA) Tuesday night while Zack Wheeler (14-9, 2.79 ERA) -- who grew up just miles away from Truist Park -- will throw for Philadelphia.

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Wednesday’s game will feature Max Fried versus Aaron Nola and the series closes with Ian Anderson versus Kyle Gibson.

The Phillies finish the regular season with three games at Miami while the Braves host the Mets. An Atlanta-Colorado makeup game is possible on Oct. 4 if it’s needed to decide the NL East.

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