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Braves vs. Astros World Series: 5 Things to Know

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The 117th World Series pits the Houston Astros of the American League in opposition to the Atlanta Braves of the National League. Game 1 is Tuesday at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

The first pitch of Game 1 is scheduled for 8:09 p.m. Eastern. The sport will probably be broadcast on Fox and might be streamed on providers like FuboTV, Hulu Live, YouTube TV and others.

The expertise hole in Game 1’s pitching matchup is broad. Charlie Morton, a 37-year-old right-hander, is in his 14th season and has 16 career postseason appearances (15 begins). This is his third World Series, and in his most memorable postseason second — which was his lone aid look — he threw 4 stable innings to shut out Game 7 of the 2017 World Series, securing the Astros their first championship.

Framber Valdez, 27, is in his fourth season however had by no means began greater than 10 video games in a year till 2021. He caught on rapidly, although, with a 3.14 E.R.A. in 22 begins. Like Morton, although, Valdez is not any stranger to the postseason: This will probably be his eighth look (seventh begin) during the last two Octobers. He received three video games in Houston’s playoff run final year and whereas he bought off to a gradual begin within the 2021 playoffs, his final begin was an eight-inning masterpiece that’s the longest look by any starter this postseason.

As Tyler Kepner recounted in his World Series preview, each Houston and Atlanta characteristic star-studded infields during which not one of the starters have ever performed for an additional main league staff.

“It’s one of the best infields ever,” mentioned Kyle Tucker, the Astros’ proper fielder — and but it may not even be the perfect infield at this World Series.

The Astros led the majors in runs this season regardless of taking part in most video games with what quantities to an empty spot within the batting order. Martín Maldonado hit .172 throughout the season — the second-worst mark amongst common batters — and has been even worse within the postseason, the place he’s 2 for 29 (.069). But, as James Wagner discovered when reporting a profile of Maldonado, a number of individuals related to the staff imagine the catcher’s dealing with of the pitching workers is the important thing to the Astros’ success.

(*5*) mentioned the Astros pitching coach Brent Strom. “There was some stuff on Twitter, ‘The guy must be a drunk’ or ‘The guy must be stupid.’ But to me, he’s my M.V.P.”

Eddie Rosario was a stable hitter in his time with Minnesota, however the Twins let him stroll away and Cleveland, which signed him within the low season, traded him to Atlanta for Pablo Sandoval (sure, the 35-year-old Pablo Sandoval whose final All-Star look got here in 2012). Sandoval got here with a bag of money to sweeten the deal, and was promptly launched. Rosario was one of many key gamers who pushed Atlanta into the playoffs after which was named probably the most priceless participant of the N.L.C.S. when he hit .560 in opposition to Los Angeles. So you can say the deal was a win-win.

The Braves’ breakout star, Rosario seems nice on the plate, and as Scott Miller writes, he’s trying good off the sphere as nicely thanks to his touring barber.

“No wonder he’s lined up and looks so good,” mentioned Atlanta third baseman Austin Riley, who professed to do not know that the quiet Rosario, together with a lot of his household, is touring together with his barber. “Whatever gets the knocks. He comes up big for us. Do what you’ve got to do.”

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