Mike Foltynewicz, No. 26 of the Atlanta Braves, pitches against the San Francisco Giants, September 11, 2018. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/File)
ATLANTA, GA — The defending National League East Champion Atlanta Braves will host a watch party at The Battery Atlanta for Opening Day as the team begins its season on the road against division rivals the Philadelphia Phillies Thursday, March 28 at 2 p.m. First pitch is slated for 3:05 p.m.
A live DJ, the Heavy Hitters and ATL Breakers will entertain the crowd between inningsBLOOPER, the Tomahawk Team, Chick-fil-A Herd of Cows and the Home Depot Tools will be on-hand interacting with fans throughout the afternoonFans can take photos with the 2018 NL East Championship Pennant680 The Fan will broadcast live from the Plaza from 9:30 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.FOX Sports Southeast’s pregame show, Braves LIVE, will be live from the FOX Sports’ set inside The Battery Atlanta with Brian Jordan and Kelsey Wingert as well as shown on the Georgia Power Pavilion video board at 2 p.m.Fans will have the opportunity to spin the FOX Sports Prize Wheel at the Watch Party to win Braves tickets and other prizesThe Braves Clubhouse Store will stay open till 7 p.m. and will have giveaway items for fan contests at the Watch PartyFood and beverage kiosks will be on hand throughout the Plaza
Parking for the Watch Party is free in the Red, Green and Purple Decks for four hours.
After the three-game series in Philadelphia the Braves return to Atlanta to take on the Chicago Cubs in their Home Opener Monday, April 1 at 7:10 p.m.
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The Braves are coming off a winning season in which the team had a record of 90-72. The team will be led this year by head coach Brian Snitker and Mike Foltynewicz will be the pitcher on opening day.
The Braves will have their work cut out for them this year. In case you forgot, the Red Sox won an impressive 108 games and went on to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games to win the World Series. The Red Sox are the early favorites to win it all again in 2019, according to the odds-aggregating site Oddschecker.com. Bookmakers are giving the boys from Fenway about a 13 to 15 percent chance of repeating as champions.
Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves reacts after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game Three of the National League Division Series at SunTrust Park on October 7, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Scott Cunningham/Getty Images/File
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The Atlanta Braves made seven roster moves March 12, trimming their spring roster to 41 players.
The club optioned LHP Kolby Allard, LHP Grant Dayton, C Alex Jackson and RHP Jacob Webb to Triple-A Gwinnett, while reassigning LHP Thomas Burrows, LHP Corbin Clouse and LHP Tucker Davidson to minor league camp.
Following the moves, the Braves have 20 pitchers (six left-handers and 14 right-handers), three catchers, 11 infielders, and seven outfielders in camp. Thirty-three players from the 40-man roster remain, along with eight non-roster invitees.
This is the predicted Braves’ Opening Day roster, according to MLB.com. The actual roster could be announced as early as Monday, to provide the players a chance to know who will be traveling to Philadelphia Tuesday to prepare for the March 28 season opener.
Ronald Acuña Jr.
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