After another thrilling comeback against the Cubs last night, the Atlanta Braves have secured the top seed in the National League and are very close to securing home field advantage throughout the 2023 playoffs. While nothing is a sure thing in the playoffs as we saw last year, the Braves are still in a very strong position heading into the postseason.
However, just because the Braves are largely set at most positions doesn't mean that some hard decisions don't need to be made ahead of the postseason. In fact, the issues with the Braves' pitching staff are going to require some playoff roster creativity in addition to the Braves needing to iron out some details with their bench.
Here are 3 Braves players that don't belong on their playoff roster, 2 who should make it
To be clear, nothing is set in stone right now. We know that Charlie Morton is not going to be available for the NLDS, but Max Fried's recovery from a blister could throw a wrench in things as well as any number of injuries the rest of the way. This is also just a look at how the Braves should set their roster for the division series which is only five games with lots of days off built in which means they can get away with less starting pitching, more bullpen arms, etc.
Enough of the caveats, here is a look at some players the Braves need to leave off of their playoff roster and a couple guys that they need to consider adding.