The Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves continue the 2021 World Series with a pivotal Game 5 matchup at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday night. The pitching matchup has yet to be officially announced, which is typical of these games as managers like maneuvering between their starters and relievers. The Astros would figure to send Framber Valdez to the mound, while the Braves counter with Tucker Davidson or Jesse Chavez to replace Charlie Morton who broke his leg in Game 1.
Braves and Freeman RollingThe official pitcher has yet to be officially announced on MLB.com for this crucial Game 5 matchup at home. The Braves would have Charlie Morton pitch this one at home, but he broke his fibula in Game 1 and will not return this year. Atlanta’s 88 wins were the fewest of the 10 playoff teams this season, and they had a slim chance to make the playoffs at the trade deadline after losing Ronald Acuna Jr. They didn't have a winning record until Aug. 6. Since then, including the playoffs, they're 40-21, becoming just the fourth team to reach the World Series despite having a losing record at the All-Star break. They are an incredibly scrappy group.
First baseman Freddie Freeman has been one of Atlanta's most consistent hitters this postseason and has come up clutch more than once. He is the Braves' second-leading hitter in the 2021 MLB playoffs, batting .293 with two doubles, three home runs, and eight RBIs. He has also drawn 11 walks in 12 games. He was 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in the Game 1 win over Houston and had homered to propel the Braves past the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 in the decisive Game 4 NLDS matchup. They’ll need Freddie in a big way in this game.
Altuve, Valdez Lead Astros in Game 5The official starter has yet to be formally announced for the Astros. They are expected to send left-hander Framber Valdez to the mound after pitching Game 1, but that has yet to be released. If Houston uses up their lefty in Game 4, don’t expect to see him out there. Second baseman Jose Altuve is coming off a monster World Series Game 2 effort, going 2-for-5 with a home run, RBI, and two runs scored. He was a big part of the Astros' success during the regular season. In 146 games played, Altuve batted .278 with 31 home runs, 83 RBIs, and 117 runs scored. He has hit the Braves well throughout his career. In 13 regular-season games, he is batting .340 with two doubles, one home run, seven RBI, and six stolen bases.
The Astros have continued to hit the ball well Houston has a .276 postseason team batting average, second-best in the MLB. The Astros led the AL in average and on-base percentage during the regular season and we know how much power they can pack with the likes of Yordan Alvarez, Carlos Correa, and the aforementioned Altuve.
- Astros are 6-2 in their last eight games against the Braves
- Astros are 10-5 in their last 15 games
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