Not a bad start to the 2021 World Series last night. The Braves pounced on the Astros early, quickly bringing the mood down at Minute Maid Park, and while the offense was mostly quiet after Framber Valdez departed, they did enough damage. The Atlanta bullpen held the fort down after Charlie Morton left with a fractured fibula, and they now lead the World Series.
It was the Braves’ first World Series victory since Game 2 of the 1996 Fall Classic, which put the Yankees in an 0-2 hole. Thanks to David Cone, Jim Leyritz, and Andy Pettitte, Atlanta never won another game in that series and then got swept by the same Bombers in 1999. It’s been 9,137 days since that Greg Maddux-led ‘96 win. Time flies.
Today on the site, Andrés will muse on the Yankees’ starting pitching depth and Erin will present the 2021 roster report card on the struggling Zack Britton. Later on, John will explore the curious Silver Slugger nominations and Jesse will offer up an offseason Yankees-related book list.
1. In honor of Charlie Morton, what’s the most grueling thing you’ve ever done while injured?
2. Do the Astros punch back with a win in Game 2, or are the Braves carrying another 2-0 lead back to Georgia?