Braves-Astros World Series Game 6 Round Table
The World Series has reached its final stage – it will end on Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on whether Houston can expand it to a full seven-game series by winning Tuesday’s Game 6 at Minute Maid Park.
Our intrepid reporting staff gathered to discuss what we might expect in the final match (s).
Well, here we are, getting ready for Game 6. It’s shaping up to be a really interesting World Series. Let’s start with the most obvious question: who has the advantage in Game 6, the Astros or the Braves?
Brian McTaggart, Astros beat reporter: Because the Braves have a rested Max Fried for Game 6 and the Astros will be pitching Luis Garcia for three days off, it’s definitely an advantage for Atlanta. Houston will again rely heavily on its enclosure on Tuesday, but its relief corps has been formidable in the playoffs. The home advantage should help the Astros, and the fact that their offense erupted in Sunday’s Game 5 victory was a big development for them. But this game is about pitching, and the Braves are in a better position.
Mark Bowman, reporter for the Braves: You have a determined Fried taking the mound, so I’ll give the Braves the edge. Fried posted the MLB’s best ERA after the all-star break (a 1.74 mark), but he didn’t have a good playoff game. His struggles against the Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Championship series were self-inflicted. Being over-stimulated led to an inconsistent order and the delivery of two offs that ended up landing on the outfield wall at Dodger Stadium. His tough outing in Game 2 of that series was the product of the bad luck he endured in a four-point second inning. The Astros are likely to see Fried look a lot more like what he’s been up to over the last three months of the regular season.
Anthony Castrovince, journalist: I calculated the numbers and ran them by representatives from mathematical science institutes. We have determined that the Braves have the advantage because they only have to win one game, while the Astros have yet to win two. Brilliant! But of course it goes deeper than that, as Atlanta, in Fried and Ian Anderson, has the Endangered Species which are two rested starters who can (in theory) give it some length in Game 6 and the set 7 (if necessary). What a design! (Of course, because it’s baseball, I’m sure all of the above means Houston somehow has the edge, because things are never as they appear.)
As you touched on with your answers to No. 1, the Braves have a fully rested Fried start, while the Astros will launch rookie Garcia on a short rest. One of the more interesting side-effects of this series has been the way each game features a ânewâ team with pitching issues. In Game 5, Atlanta was at a disadvantage, having to pitch a second straight game from the bullpen. In Game 6, it looks like Houston is at a disadvantage. That probably means we’re headed for a Game 7, right?
McTaggart: Well, that wouldn’t surprise me. The Astros pulled off the left-handed pitch pretty well, so they could get to Fried, especially after their offense erupted in Game 5. That streak was pretty much impossible to predict, however, due to the messy pitching situations. It’s hard to say how long the starters will last or how effective they will be, and there have been so many relievers used that it takes just one to ruin everything for either team. . But Game 7’s are awesome, so I say yes. It goes seven o’clock.
Archer: Yes, this series has been filled with unpredictable developments. The Braves haven’t lost a back-to-back game since losing four in a row Sept. 14-18. Now they enter the final one or two games with a fully rested reliever box and the chance to have both Jorge Soler and Joc Pederson in the lineup. The Astros benefit from the designated hitter because Yordan Alvarez doesn’t have to play left field. But Atlanta is taking advantage of this because it will have Soler’s presence while also hoping that Joctober continues until November.
Castrovince: I predicted seven games at the start and I’m going to stick to it, because why not? I was impressed, however, by how Fried got rid of the tremors and bad luck in the first two innings of his Game 2 outing. I know he’s young and I know he isn’t. failed when the Braves tried to land in Los Angeles in the NLCS. But he’s still a kid with great stuff, a mature mindset, and the ability to seal this streak in six. So nothing would surprise me.
The Braves have two chances of securing a win, but one way or another it feels like the Astros could be in the driver’s seat. No.1, they go home to play in front of their fans, and it’s not an easy place for a visiting team. But also, Houston has that ‘been there done that’ confidence. The Astros must be more comfortable at this point in the playoffs, given how many of them they’ve played in. Could this be a factor?
McTaggart: Yes, the Astros’ experience could weigh heavily. It looks like Yuli Gurriel, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, and Alex Bregman have been together longer than The Beatles (if Correa leaves, does that make him John Lennon?). Houston has played its share of playoff games over the years. Since the Astros ended their 10-year playoff drought by hitting it in 2015, they are 9-4 in playoff games. Houston will be supported by its home crowd and will look to replicate what the Nationals did in the 2019 World Series – win Games 6 and 7 in Houston to claim the title.
Archer: It is definitely a difficult place to play, especially when the roof is closed. I can still hear the hum of Killer B as I walk through the doors of Minute Maid Park. Yes, the Astros have been in this position before. But the Braves remain motivated to kill off the Atlanta sports teams choking narrative. The Falcons lost a 28-3 lead to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. But the Braves are a different team. They gave the Dodgers a 3-1 lead in the 2020 NLCS and then killed those ghosts preserving a 3-1 lead over Los Angeles in this year’s NLCS.
Castrovince: It is certainly possible. Even though the math tells us momentum doesn’t matter, it’s hard not to think of the weird conditions that unfolded in Atlanta – Dracula’s weather that kept the Astros from getting a handle on it. of Truist Park in pre-game activities – did not play a small part in the flow of Games 3 and 4. I am not saying that all it took was batting practice on the field to make Houston releases his offense, but there is something to be said about getting back to normal before (and during) Game 5 and how that can continue now that the Astros are returning to their baseball stadium, where they usually play so well. I also think experience matters at this time of year. Houston has proven to be tough over the past two years, even when it looked like its run of excellence might expire. The Astros always find a way to make a series compelling, and this fall classic has proven to be no exception.
While it’s fun to criticize managers and give them a lot more responsibility for losses (and credit for wins) than they deserve, one of the funniest tales from this World Series is the mastery with which each manager guides his ship. What impressed you about Dusty Baker from Houston and Brian Snitker from Atlanta?
McTaggart: Baker has a reputation for mismanaging throws in the playoffs of years past, but he’s done a good job so far. Of course, much of the credit goes to pitching coach Brent Strom and staff for putting them in the right places, but Baker had to use so many relievers in the American League Championship Series and the World Series that he would have been easy to take a wrong step. He wasn’t perfect, but he pressed the right buttons. Even Marwin Gonzalez’s pinch in Game 5 of the World Series and Alex Bregman’s drop to seventh seemed to be paying off.
Archer: Snitker has built his roster and run his pen impressively this series. His decision to lift a staggering Anderson after five innings without a hitting in a one-point game in Friday’s Game 3 was the right move, and his choice to hold Soler for a hit in Saturday’s Game 4 ‘turned out to be masterful. I wonder why he fired Tucker Davidson for the third inning of Game 5, but with a few relievers down he was going to run out of points. So with a two-point advantage at that point, maybe it made sense to have confidence in your young pitcher. I think his next big move will be to get Ozzie Albies down the lineup. Albies’ bat is lifeless.
Castrovince: I said before the show that Baker has evolved more than he deserves. The same can be said of Snitker. Neither received an attractive hand with injury losses from Lance McCullers Jr. for Houston and Charlie Morton for Atlanta. While I think Snitker could have been more aggressive with AJ Minter in Game 5, the result of Minter’s exit softens that position. The two skippers take advantage of bad situations. The Braves’ willingness to hand two starts to the untested arms of Dylan Lee and Davidson was fascinatingâ¦ and almost worked. I found it interesting that Baker let Kendall Graveman finish Game 5 and give Ryan Pressly an extra day off. It certainly worked. While it’s always fun to keep the managers apart at this time of year, I find it really hard to blame either of these alumni for the way they handled a pitching situation. really tricky. Whoever wins will have won it the hard way.
You didn’t think we would end this without more predictions, did you? This one is easy:
1) The series ends with the victory of the Braves in game 6
2) The series ends with the victory of the Braves in game 7
3) The series ends with game 7 winning the Astros
McTaggart: # 3 My prediction history in these playoffs has been horrible, so this could be bad news for Astros fans. This could be Correa’s last hurray before he goes into free agency, and I think the drive for one more championship – and to calm the controversy over 2017 – provides real motivation. Playing at home will help, but – surprise – it will all come down to pitching. I think the Astros find a way to get 54 more strikeouts and get two wins.
Archer: I started with Braves in Seven, but I’m going to move up to Braves in Six. Fried has become a big game pitcher. I think the sixth game could be his big night.
Castrovince: I said Astros in Seven at the start, and I’ll stick with Astros in Seven. Although I have absolutely no idea how they’re going to put together enough outs to make that happen! Good luck, Dusty.