With the Atlanta Braves clinching home field advantage through the 2023 playoffs, things are feeling pretty great around Braves country. The injuries to their pitching staff couldn't have come at a worse time, but Max Fried should be ready to roll for the playoffs and the team is in great position overall.
To help keep track of who the Braves play and when, lets take a look at the MLB postseason schedule.
National League Division Series Schedule
The Braves were fortunate enough to secure a first round bye as the top overall seed in the National League, so they get to avoid the wild card round and receive an extra week of rest. Of note here, the Braves are going to utilize this downtime differently than last season to try and stay fresher during the layoff by having postseason workouts October 3-5 at Truist that are free to the public.
Where to watch (TV)
Game One at Home
Saturday, October 7th
6:00 PM EST
Game Two at Home
Monday, October 9th
6:00 PM EST
Game Three Away Game
Wednesday, October 11th
Game Four (if necessary) Away Game
Thursday, October 12th
Game Five (if necessary) at Home
Saturday, October 14th
As for who the Braves will be playing, that is going to be a familiar face as the Philadelphia Phillies demolished the Marlins in the first round of the playoffs for the right to face Atlanta in the NLDS. This is going to be a tough matchup as the Phillies have the pitching to give the Braves problems in a short series and they have guys who can actually hit. Overall, the Braves have done well against Philadelphia this season as they hold an 8-5 record against them, although the Phillies did take two out of three in September.
Braves Projected Playoff Rotation
No plans have been announced by the Braves yet, but it is probably safe to say that as long as both Max Fried and Spencer Strider are healthy, they are going to be starting games 1 and 2. Unfortunately, things get a little dicey after that given Charlie Morton's injury, but we can fairly safely assume that Bryce Elder will start the third game. With all of the days off in the series, those are all of the starters Atlanta would need for the NLDS, although they may need to figure something else out if they advance to the NLCS.