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Braves plan open pre-LDS workouts to keep players in ‘game mode’

ATLANTA — Looking to ramp up the intensity while awaiting their first playoff opponent, the Atlanta Braves will open practices to fans next week at Truist Park ahead of their league division series, which isn’t until Oct. 7 It just starts on Saturday.

After losing to the Philadelphia Phillies in the same round a year ago, the Braves didn’t want to leave anything to chance.

“Anytime you have fans in the building, it definitely adds to the energy and game atmosphere,” third baseman Austin Riley said Thursday afternoon. “In the hiatus between the Wild Card and DS, we’re trying to build that momentum.”

Under the new playoff system implemented last year, teams with a bye have five days off between the wild-card round and the start of the division series. Last year, the Braves earned a bye and then lost to the Phillies in four games, allowing just over three runs per game.

“Playing the game and having fans there just makes it more realistic than what we had last year,” manager Brian Snitker said. “Last year there were a few guys that were in simulated games and we watched them pitch, And had the conversation … any time you’re out there playing, you have a chance to do something good and you’re being evaluated.”

Fans will need to register on the Warriors website to attend practices and will be limited to one of three practice days. Children under 18 do not need to register but must be accompanied by an adult.

“I’m all for it,” Riley said. “With so much time off, it’s different. I think anything that keeps us in game mode is good.”

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