|ATLANTA ( MORTON )|
HOUSTON ( VALDEZ )
|MLB Playoffs - World Series - Best Of 7 - Game 1|
|vs Left-handed Starters||26-19||+2.2||25-17||5.6||0.256||0.328||0.453||0.781||3.9||0.220||0.283||0.369||0.653|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+5||5-2||4.7||0.273||0.332||0.437||0.769||4.4||0.248||0.320||0.410||0.731|
|vs Right-handed Starters||65-40||+3.8||56-46||5.5||0.274||0.343||0.456||0.799||4.0||0.228||0.300||0.375||0.675|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.2||6-1||6.6||0.287||0.348||0.457||0.806||4.1||0.213||0.293||0.426||0.719|
|10/16/2021||FRIED(L)||LA DODGERS||KNEBEL(R)||3-2||W||-105||8 ov||U||6||3||0||10||7||0|
|10/17/2021||ANDERSON(R)||LA DODGERS||SCHERZER(R)||5-4||W||+155||7.5 ov||O||10||6||0||4||10||0|
|10/19/2021||MORTON(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BUEHLER(R)||5-6||L||165||7 ov||O||12||10||0||10||10||0|
|10/20/2021||CHAVEZ(R)||@ LA DODGERS||URIAS(L)||9-2||W||210||8.5 un||O||12||7||0||4||2||1|
|10/21/2021||FRIED(L)||@ LA DODGERS||KELLY(R)||2-11||L||120||7.5 ov||O||5||2||0||17||8||0|
|10/23/2021||ANDERSON(R)||LA DODGERS||BUEHLER(R)||4-2||W||+135||8.5 un||U||9||12||0||5||5||0|
|10/26/2021||MORTON(R)||@ HOUSTON||VALDEZ(L)|| |
|10/27/2021||()||@ HOUSTON||()|| |
|10/12/2021||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RODON(L)||10-1||W||-110||8.5 ev||O||14||11||0||7||8||1|
|10/18/2021||URQUIDY(R)||@ BOSTON||RODRIGUEZ(L)||3-12||L||110||9.5 un||O||5||2||2||11||5||0|
|10/19/2021||GREINKE(R)||@ BOSTON||PIVETTA(R)||9-2||W||115||10 ov||O||12||7||1||5||11||2|
|10/20/2021||VALDEZ(L)||@ BOSTON||SALE(L)||9-1||W||115||9.5 ov||O||11||8||0||3||2||2|
|10/29/2021||()||@ ATLANTA||()|| |
|10/30/2021||()||@ ATLANTA||()|| |
|ATLANTA: He's Here: RHP Charlie Morton, LHP Drew Smyly, RHP Carl Edwards Jr., SS Ehire Adrianza, 3B Jake Lamb, 2B Jason Kipnis, OF Guillermo Heredia, OF Phillip Ervin.
He's Outta Here: OF Nick Markakis, OF Adam Duvall, INF Charlie Culberson, RHP Mike Foltynewicz, RHP Mark Melancon, C Tyler Flowers, RHP Shane Greene, RHP Darren O'Day, RHP Jhoulys Chacin, INF Adeiny Hechavarria, LHP Cole Hamels.
Projected Lineup: CF Ronald Acu'a Jr. (.250, 14 HRs, 29 RBIs, 8 SBs), 2B Ozzie Albies (.271, 6, 19), 1B Freddie Freeman (.341, 13, 53, .462 OBP, NL MVP), LF Marcell Ozuna (.338, 18, 56, .431 OBP), C Travis d'Arnaud (.321, 9, 34), 3B Austin Riley (.239, 8, 27), SS Dansby Swanson (.274, 10, 35), CF Cristian Pache (.278, 11, 53 with Double-A Mississippi in 2019).
Rotation: LH Max Fried (7-0, 2.25 ERA), RH Charlie Morton (2-2, 4.74 with Rays; 3-1, 2.70 in postseason), RH Ian Anderson (3-2, 1.95), LH Drew Smyly (0-1, 3.42 with Giants), RH Kyle Wright (2-4, 5.21), RH Mike Soroka (0-1, 3.95, likely to begin season on injured list completing recovery from torn Achilles).
Key Relievers: LH Will Smith (2-2, 4.50, 7 HRs in 16 IP), RH Chris Martin (1-1, 1.00, 1 save), LH Tyler Matzek (4-3, 2.79, 43 Ks in 29 IP), LH A.J. Minter (1-1, 0.83), RH Luke Jackson (2-0, 6.84), RH Jacob Webb (0 ERs in 10 IP), RH Bryse Wilson (1-0, 4.02, 1 save).
Outlook: Even though the rest of the NL East bulked up, the Braves show no signs of slipping after winning three straight division titles. They finally won a postseason series ' two of them, in fact ' to break a drought going back to 2001. Then, the Braves came within one win of the World Series, taking a 3-1 lead in the NL Championship Series before the Dodgers rallied to win the last three games. That bitter disappointment only strengthened the Braves' resolve; this season, it's World Series or bust. Atlanta moved aggressively to bolster its thin rotation by signing veterans Morton and Smyly to one-year contracts. When Soroka (a 13-game winner and All-Star in 2019) is fully recovered, the rotation could be one of baseball's best. Fried was fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting, while Anderson also has the makings of a future ace after a stellar rookie campaign. The hitters are a dynamic group, as well, with MVP Freeman and Ozuna providing a powerful 1-2 punch in the middle of the lineup. If Acu'a recaptures the form he showed in 2019, when he had 41 homers and 37 stolen bases, the Braves will have three of the game's most feared offensive players. The only major question mark is the bullpen, where the Braves must find a replacement for Melancon's 11 saves. No one in the current bullpen had more than one save in the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign, though Smith is a former closer for the Giants.
|HOUSTON: He's Here: RHP Jake Odorizzi, C Jason Castro, RHP Pedro B'ez, RHP Ryne Stanek, RHP Steve Cishek, OF Steven Souza Jr.
He's Outta Here: CF George Springer, OF Josh Reddick, RHP Roberto Osuna, RHP Chris Devenski, RHP Brad Peacock, LHP Cionel Perez, RHP Cy Sneed.
Projected Lineup: 2B Jose Altuve (.219, 5 HRs, 18 RBIs), LF Michael Brantley (.300, 5, 22, 15 2Bs), SS Carlos Correa (.264, 5, 25), 3B Alex Bregman (.242, 6, 22), DH Yordan 'lvarez (.250, 1, 4 in 2 games), RF Kyle Tucker (.268, 9, 42, 6 3Bs), 1B Yuli Gurriel (.232, 6, 22, 12 2Bs), CF Myles Straw (.207, 0, 8), C Mart'n Maldonado (.215, 6, 24).
Rotation: RH Zack Greinke (3-3, 4.03 ERA), RH Lance McCullers Jr. (3-3, 3.93), RH Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 6.59 in 4 starts for Twins), RH Cristian Javier (5-2, 3.48), RH Jose Urquidy (1-1, 2.73 in 5 starts).
Key Relievers: RH Ryan Pressly (1-3, 3.43, 12 saves), RH Steve Cishek (0-0, 5.40 for White Sox), RH Joe Smith (opted out of 2020 season), RH Pedro B'ez (0-0, 3.18 for Dodgers), RH Josh James (1-0, 7.27).
Outlook: The Astros seek their fourth AL West title in five seasons after keeping last year's team that came a win shy of the World Series largely intact. They relied on a bevy of talented young pitchers to carry them in a season when ace Justin Verlander made just one start. One of those starters, Framber Valdez, broke a finger on his pitching hand in spring training and could miss significant time. That leaves McCullers, Urquidy and Javier needing to take another step forward this season with Verlander out all year after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The rotation got a late boost when Houston added Odorizzi. The 2019 All-Star gives the Astros a veteran to pair with the 37-year-old Greinke and provide stability as some of the young arms develop. They'll have a huge hole in the lineup after leadoff hitter and center fielder Springer signed a $150 million, six-year contract with the Blue Jays after spending his first seven major league seasons in Houston. The Astros brought back veteran outfielder Brantley, who signed a two-year deal to stay with the team, and their offense should get a boost with the return of Alvarez. The 2019 AL Rookie of the Year is healthy after missing all but two games last season after being diagnosed with COVID-19 before having knee surgery. His return should help make up for the loss of Springer in a lineup that also features Bregman, Altuve and Correa, who powered the offense in the playoffs with six homers and 17 RBIs. The Astros announced in January that they would allow about 10,000 fans per game at Minute Maid Park early this season. But they could increase that number before opening day in the wake of the Texas Rangers' decision to allow 100% capacity at their ballpark after Gov. Greg Abbott lifted coronavirus restrictions in the state.
|Last Updated: 1/27/2022 8:19:33 AM EST|