With the Atlanta Braves set to matchup against the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLDS, Major League Baseball announced starting times for the first two games.
If there was one thing you could predict for this MLB postseason it’s that the Atlanta Braves would have to play a day game in the NLDS.
That was confirmed on Sunday as the league announced the start times for the first two games of the NLDS.
With there being four games on Tuesday, MLB (and mostly the television companies) want to make sure every game is unchallenged.
While on one hand, it’s great for baseball fans as we get to sit back and watch playoff baseball all day long. But it’s also not fair to teams with home games trying to fill up a ballpark at 1 pm on weekday.
There has to be a better way for Major League Baseball to showcase its postseason and not have stadiums half-full when a game starts because fans have barely had time to get their morning cup of coffee.
For the Braves, you were certainly hoping to avoid an afternoon as the offense has struggled to get going in day games this year.
Atlanta was 24-27 in day games this year — the fewest number of wins from any postseason team.
However, the Phillies had the second-fewest with 25 and weren’t all that great in day games with a 25-28 record.
Game 2 of the series will begin later in the afternoon.
I’m sure the early start times will not keep Braves fans from packing the ballpark, but there is nothing like a night game at Truist Park with the chop going.
No matter what time they want to schedule these games, the Braves have a job to do. I’m sure they’re not worried about anything other than taking down the Philadelphia Phillies come Tuesday night.