Usually, the MLB season is spoken about as a grind, like a marathon. But the 2020 season is going to be a strange one for the Braves and every team. This season will be a full out 60-game sprint to the finish line for a championship opportunity. So it’s with that in mind that we present the three key series for the Atlanta Braves in 2020.
Key Series #1: 7 of 10 on Road against Phillies
The Atlanta Braves finished atop the National League East in 2019, yet still found themselves eliminated in the NLDS. For this unsatisfactory feeling, the Braves will look to overcome the MLB East Conference and win it all. One factor that will step in their way is facing their division opponents for a plethora of road games. The shortened season brings on its own set of challenges for each team. And for Atlanta, that means playing in Philadelphia for seven out of ten games. In 2020, there are four legitimate and potential contenders for the National League East crown. And if Atlanta wants to reclaim that crown in 2020, they will have to overcome the road hazards of Philadelphia.
Key Series #2: 6 of 10 at Home against Nationals
However, the road perils stop when it comes to the reigning World Series Champion, Washington Nationals. Atlanta will host the Nationals for six of ten games. Home games are going to matter in this shortened season, especially without fans. Building up momentum and energy will be more challenging on the road. And because of that factor, the Braves will have the edge over the World Champion Nationals.
Key Series #3: 7 Games at Home against Marlins in September
In an alternate universe matchup of David versus Goliath, the Atlanta Braves will host the Miami Marlins for seven games in the final month. The Braves will find that their September schedule, while not overly comfortable, will have some more tranquil spots to navigate. And that less arduous road will be playing the lowly and developing Marlins for seven of the final twenty-five games. The Braves will look to repeat the NL East Division crown, before changing their 2019 early dismissal. And playing the Marlins in their home ballpark will aid that quest.