This Wednesday the Atlanta Braves defeated the Philadelphia Phillies with a score of 4-1 and They sealed their qualification for the Major League playoffs by winning the National League East Division title for the sixth consecutive season.
Wednesday’s victory was their 96th of the season and they are on their way to 100 wins. Emulating last season in which they closed the regular season with 101 victories.
“You should enjoy every time you have the opportunity to do this. It’s like I told you, ‘Don’t forget how this feels,’ because It’s a really good feeling that lets you know that your hard work counts for something.”commented coach Brian Snitker after the victory.
With this new pennant, the Atlanta team reached 23 division titles in its history and became the second generation of the Braves to achieve its classification faster. The 2002 season team sealed its pass to the playoffs on September 9.
However, this division title is just the first step in the team’s goal, who seeks to win a World Series again taking advantage of the large group of players it currently has and many of them have already paid off in the recent 2021 championship.
“It feels good regardless of how we do it,” Ronald Acuna Jr. said. “The work is not done.” Especially for the Venezuelan, who is only 3 home runs away from becoming history and entering the 40-40 club. To do this, they have 16 regular season games left.
Among the outstanding players of this team that already has its feet in the playoffs, are Matt Olson, who is the leader in home runs in the entire Major Leagues with 51. Ronald Acuña Jr., who with his 66 stolen bases, 37 home runs, 199 hits and 97 RBIs was also a key piece in the offense.
While in pitching Spencer Strider with his 17 wins and 3.73 ERA has been the face of the Braves rotation, along with Charlie Morton and Bryce Elder.
Another pitcher who had a good season, despite missing the first three months due to injury, was Max Fried who defined that: “This team has been incredible.. We’ve had some injuries throughout the year, but this group is special. Everyone has been able to support each other when we have needed it. It’s been so fun to enjoy the success of our season and know that it’s not over yet. “It has only just begun,” the pitcher concluded.
Now the Braves will begin a three-game series against the Miami Marlins in Florida, to return home and open a new series against the Phillies. Two more series against the Washington Nationals and one against the Chicago Cubs will close the team’s participation in the regular season.
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