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There was a point in September when the Atlanta Braves barely had a starting rotation. They certainly have one now, and by channeling the performance of great Braves staffs from the past, those pitchers have propelled Atlanta back to the National League Championship Series for the first time in 19 years.
Atlanta improved to 5-0 this postseason, with four of the wins coming via a shutout. The Braves joined the 1905 New York Giants as the only teams to post four shutouts in five games at any point in a postseason.
“We flipped the script,” Braves star Freddie Freeman said. “Everybody was talking about offense. Now everybody’s going to be talking about our pitching, which is great, because they deserve it.”
The Braves move on to face the Los Angeles Dodgers, who advanced after completing a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres on Thursday night. The NLCS begins Monday at Global Life Field in Arlington, Texas.
It will be the Braves’ first NLCS appearance