Braves’ Spencer Strider: Changing rhetoric is a lesson learned from postseason collapse

ATLANTA — Pitcher Spencer Strider of the Atlanta Braves expressed his displeasure an hour after the team’s Game 4 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. This was the second time in October that the Braves had lost to the Phillies in the National League Division Series after surpassing 100 regular-season victories.

In a solemn visitor’s clubhous, Strider declared, “We’re going to have to change or improve the way that we focus and prepare for the postseason.” There’s simply no getting around it. Although facing this harsh reality is necessary, there is no other way for us to alter the outcome.

After three and a half months, Strider stated that he and the other Braves had spent a great deal of time figuring out how the six-time NL East winners can, should they make it back to the postseason, avoid being eliminated early once more.

After being sent home by the division rival Phillies, who won 90 games in 2023 and 87 in 2022, Strider remarked, “That’s all I’ve thought about.” “You know, it’s the discussion that our team has had all offseason long, whether in groups or one-on-one, about how to position ourselves to perform better in the postseason.

I’m not suggesting—by any means—that we’ve mastered the regular season. You can never predict what will occur. To put ourselves in the best possible position for the postseason, we must take full advantage of everything that occurs throughout the regular season. And I believe that everyone, including myself, learned a lot over the past year.







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