Well, the end is here for the Atlanta Braves. Regardless of what happens the rest of the way in this NLCS, it’s going to be a storybook ending – it’s just a matter of whether it ends in triumph or heartbreak.
After playoff losses to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013, 2018 and 2020 – the last of which included an infamous 3-1 series lead – the Braves once again find themselves up three games to one against the Boys in Blue, needing just one more victory to reach their first World Series since 1999. This series will end either with a poetic victory overdue, or a cruel defeat that would be unthinkable for n ‘ any other city, but far too predictable for Atlanta.
Either way, it sounds too perfect.
After a heartbreaking loss in Game 3, the Braves rebounded Wednesday night to regain control of this series and put their World Series hopes back on track. Eddie Rosario gave Atlanta two home runs, four RBIs and 12 total goals to lead the offensive explosion and further solidify his record for the NLCS MVP. His scorching playoff streak was a constant reminder of the incredible work Alex Anthopoulos did to completely retool this roster by the trade deadline.
The four runs in the ninth made things considerably easier for Will Smith, but the rest of the Braves’ box did their job admirably throughout the game.
So everything is there for the taking. Three attempts to get a win, two at home if you need to. But no one celebrates yet. We’ve been here before.
It’s Atlanta’s chance to write a different ending than the one that’s been written so many times before. Game 5 Thursday evening.