Atlanta Braves News : Baseball Reigns Supreme in Atlanta
The Atlanta Braves are World Series Champions for the first time since 1995, defeating the Astros 7-0 in game 6 in Houston.
The 2020 season ended in heartbreak for the Atlanta Braves, falling just one game short of a trip to the World Series to the Dodger. Expectations were high before the 2021 season started, but the Braves lost key pieces and could not even break through the .500 mark for most of the campaign.
Losing players like Acuna, Ozuna, and Soroka had many in Braves country wondering what the rest of the season would look like, but against all odds, the Braves turned it around in late August and stayed hot all throughout the postseason.
Even so, nobody gave the Atlanta Braves a chance in the World Series against the Astros: after all, Houston had been to three finals in the last five years, but the Atlanta bullpen — probably the strongest point of the Braves — held the dangerous Astros at bay throughout the series.
Game one saw the Braves ace of the season Charlie Morton exit early after suffering a fractured right fibula, which had everyone in Braves Country wondering what else could go wrong this season, but exceptional showings from Ian Anderson, Max Fried and Tyler Matzek showed just how resilient this team is.
Max Fried took the mound in game 6. Fried got off to a shaky start through little fault of his own, which included a big scare at first base when Michael Brantley stepped on his ankle during an awkward play. For a few moments, we all feared Max had suffered a Charlie Morton repeat.
Fried seemed to actually get angry after that, quickly found his form, and was locked in for the remainder of his night, allowing no walks and striking out 6 through six full innings.
Matzek came in and continued his postseason dominance before Will Smith came in and slammed the door on the Astros.
This was the Braves first World Series appearance since 1999 and their first World Series championship since 1999.
Soak it all in, Braves Country! All the heartbreak throughout the years and the “almost had ’em’s” is what makes this victory so sweet. Baseball is once again supreme in Atlanta.