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Report from Minute Maid Park
Minute Maid Park gets very loud as fans settle into their seats and the first pitch approaches. The two starting pitchers warmed up in their own way before heading to their respective enclosures. Charlie Morton of Atlanta played a short long throw, then began a vigorous exercise with knees in the air and high strides before resuming a short hold that stretched for about 200 feet. Houston starter Framber Valdez started off with a short game of wrestling with a heavy ball to loosen his shoulder joint, and his long throw is something to see. Looks like he’s firing little white missiles about 250 feet in a line.
HOUSTON – Eddie Rosario may be the most prominent hitter on the planet, but after beating five of six NL Championship Series games against Los Angeles, knocking out 14 hits and named Series MVP, Jorge is back. Soler in the lineup knocked Rosario down to fifth in the Atlanta roster for Game 1 of the World Series.
The reason? Left-hander Framber Valdez heads to Houston. The only time Rosario didn’t start in the NLCS, the Dodgers started with southpaw Julio Urias. Soler, who was activated from the Covid-19 roster ahead of NLCS Game 5, strikes right-handed. Tonight is his first start since being cleared.
“The last time we did this we scored the most points we scored in the playoffs,” said Atlanta manager Brian Snitker, referring to his team’s 9-2 victory in the fourth. game against the Dodgers, in which Rosario had four hits and four RBIs.
Snitker continued, “For now, I plan to get back to him starting tomorrow. I weighed both things all night and then just looked at how we could balance the composition. Because it’s the playoffs. You never know what they’re going to do. Guys do different things than they did. And I find myself doing this. So you’re just trying to structure the programming for the game, for that one game. ”
Atlanta also added outfielder Terrance Gore and right-hander Kyle Wright to its World Series roster in place of infielder Johan Camargo and right-hander Jacob Webb. Gore’s only major league experience this season came as a pinch runner in a division series against Milwaukee, and he was not on Atlanta’s NLCS roster.
The cloak of mystery that sometimes envelops the start of a series weighed on every manager’s mind.
While describing his workday, Houston manager Dusty Baker said, “You’re waiting for their roster, and they added a few guys that we weren’t counting on. They have changed composition. We cannot count on them. So you have to find a way to fight what they are trying to do without changing what you are trying to do too much.
The Astros have added utility Marwin Gonzalez to their World Series roster in place of outfielder Jake Meyers, who injured his shoulder when he hit the outfield wall while attempting to play in the series. division against the Chicago White Sox.
“Marwin is a switch hitter,” Baker said. “He gives me a lot of flexibility in the positions, and he has World Series experience, so you know he won’t be impressed with the play of the situation.”
Report from Minute Maid Park
Here’s the answer to our previous question about pitchers (like Charlie Morton) who have started World Series games for three different teams since 1980. The other five are: Roger Clemens (Red Sox, Yankees, Astros); Danny Jackson (Royals, Reds, Phillies); John Lackey (Angels, Red Sox, Cubs); Jack Morris (Tigers, Twins, Blue Jays) and Curt Schilling (Phillies, Diamondbacks, Red Sox).
There are all kinds of MVPs at this year’s World Series. There’s Freddie Freeman, who won the NL 2020 MVP award. And José Altuve, who won the 2017 ALMVP.
There are League Championship Series MVPs (Yordan Alvarez, Eddie Rosario, Justin Verlander, Altuve, Dusty Baker) and an All-Star MVP (Alex Bregman).
But if you ask Brent Strom, the Astros’ pitching coach, who is his team’s MVP, he would say Martín Maldonado, the wide receiver who was the majors second-worst regular hitter this season, and was even worse in playoffs.
How it works? Well, as James Wagner found out, Houston places so much importance on Maldonado’s defense and his handling of pitching staff that it’s great to go into every game knowing his place in the batting order will likely result in three to four strikeouts (he’s 2 for 29 in the playoffs so far).
“People laughed at me when I said he was our MVP,” Strom said. “There was stuff on Twitter, ‘The guy must be a drunk’ or ‘The guy must be stupid.’ But for me, it’s my MVP “
But with Houston back in the World Series, even though nearly all of the team’s star pitchers have fallen, Strom could be right.
Report from Minute Maid Park
I’m very proud (OK, irrationally proud) of an extremely strange skill: I can name the starting pitchers for every World Series game since 1979, and every final game since 1960. Charlie Morton appears on both lists: he started Game 4 for Houston in 2017, got the last game in Game 7 of this World Series, and started Game 3 for Tampa Bay in 2020.
Morton starts for Atlanta in Game 1, making him the first pitcher to get the last of the World Series for a team, and then face that team in a subsequent World Series. But there’s more, with a hat trick to YES Network’s Michael Medvin: Tonight Morton will become the sixth pitcher since 1980 to start for three different World Series teams. How many more can you name?
With Houston hosting Game 1 and taking advantage of the home court advantage, Atlanta will strike first tonight. But it’s a miracle that Atlanta is even in the game; in fact, it’s kinda unbelievable that Atlanta made the playoffs.
Injuries. Unrest off the field. Early losses. They all nurtured a sense of helplessness and disappointment around a team, seen before day one as a contender, who did not have a winning record until August 6.
“You know, even teams that don’t have good years run away, even bad teams,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker observed over the weekend after his team won the league pennant. National League.
“We hadn’t raced yet and we weren’t a bad team,” he added. “We just struggled to put everything together for a long period of the season. But we were a good team, and I kept thinking, man, our best baseball is in front of us.
We’ve looked at the ups and downs of Atlanta’s season – a season with few rivals in history for such a wild path to the World Series.
The experience gap in the Game 1 pitcher is wide. Charlie Morton of Atlanta, a 37-year-old right-hander, is in his 14th season and has 16 career playoff appearances (15 starts). This is his third World Series, and in his most memorable playoff moment – which was his only relief appearance – he pitched four solid innings to close Game 7 of the 2017 World Series, securing the Astros their first championship.
Framber Valdez, 27, is in his fourth season but had never started more than 10 games in a year until 2021. He quickly understood, with a 3.14 ERA in 22 starts. Like Morton, however, Valdez is no stranger to the playoffs: it will be his eighth appearance (seventh start) in the last two October; he won three games in the Houston playoffs last year. While he started off slow in the 2021 playoffs, his last start was an eight innings masterpiece that was the longest appearance of any playoff starters.
Watching the 2021 World Series is pretty straightforward.
Who: Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros
What: The 117th World Series
When: Game 1 starts tonight at 8:09 p.m. EST
Or: Minute Maid Park, Houston
To concern: The games will air on Fox and can be streamed on various services such as FuboTV, Hulu Live, and YouTube TV.
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