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Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Atlanta Braves finish off Houston Astros for first World Series championship since 1995

Jorge Soler coiled, and then he unleashed the mightiest swing he could muster. His batted ball would clear the left-field train tracks in Houston’s Minute Maid Park, soaring 446 feet to give his team the early three-run lead that Max Fried would not relinquish. He dropped his bat upon contact, turned to his dugout, patted his chest repeatedly and pointed to the ground as if to say the Atlanta Braves’ time had finally arrived.

Undeniably, improbably, it was here.

They were ravaged by injuries early, dismissed as late as August and counted out at practically every juncture of these playoffs, but the 2021 Braves—with a brand-new outfield at midseason and a depleted starting rotation by the end—are World Series champions for the first time since 1995. Their long-elusive title was sealed with a 7-0 victory over the Houston Astros in Tuesday’s Game 6, powered by six scoreless innings from Fried and an emphatic, prodigious home run from Soler.

Soler’s shot—on a two-out cutter by Luis Garcia, who was making a rare start on short rest for an Astros rotation that was equally short-handed—accounted for his third home run and sixth hit of the series, and cemented him as the clear choice for MVP.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 03, 2021 at 12:14 AM | 37 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: November 03, 2021 at 08:31 AM (#6050932)
Well deserved. They seemed to be the underdog in every series but for all the talk of bullpen games they got really good starting pitching throughout and that's despite their game one starter breaking his ####### leg. I hope they re-sign Freeman, he belongs as a career Brave.
   2. TomH Posted: November 03, 2021 at 08:50 AM (#6050935)
Braves hit 11 home runs. Astros hit 2. Pretty much sums up the series.

Yeah, did not see that coming.
   3. and Posted: November 03, 2021 at 09:12 AM (#6050936)
Unless you’re joe buck, it’s really hard to imagine Freeman leaving. But the timing is bad. Labor turmoil may make both sides less willing to move quickly and the longer it goes, the more likely things change. I very much hope he’s back.

Harder to see what they do with all the pieces they picked up over the years. They need to keep some but won’t be able to keep all. Who? How?

And, yeah, they both had yhe best starting pitching at the end and were the hottest team. It was a fun ride. Still didn’t win 100 games total. :)
   4. Rally Posted: November 03, 2021 at 09:16 AM (#6050937)
Braves and Astros were well matched in pitching attrition. Morton and McCullers were out. Both teams were forced to do bullpen days. Not technically for the Astros, all 6 games were started by guys who were regular starters during the season. But they didn’t pitch very long and it turned into bullpen days.

I can think of several teams that didn’t get so far, and some who missed the playoffs, who at this point would have had an easy time with either the Braves or Astros. But then again, if any of those teams had gone through October like these two did, they would have faced pitcher attrition too.

Congratulations to the Braves for surviving the gauntlet.
   5. and Posted: November 03, 2021 at 10:17 AM (#6050949)
Congratulations to the Braves for surviving the gauntlet.

I think that is some reason for the dissatisfaction so many of us feel with MLB playoffs. It feels less like a triumph than a survival.
   6. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: November 03, 2021 at 10:39 AM (#6050954)
Congrats to the Braves. They were better than people gave them credit for most of the season (94-67 Pythagorean record). Yes the right guys got hot at the right time but that’s postseason baseball for you.
   7. bfan Posted: November 03, 2021 at 11:09 AM (#6050960)
And, yeah, they both had yhe best starting pitching at the end and were the hottest team. It was a fun ride. Still didn’t win 100 games total. :)


They ought to play that re-scheduled but never played Rockies game; that could get them there.
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 03, 2021 at 11:46 AM (#6050967)
Players with three rings with three different teams:


Herb Pennock 7 A’s (1) Red Sox (2) Yankees (4)
Stuffy McInnis 5 A’s (3) Red Sox (1) Pirates (1)
Wally Schang 4 A’s (2) Red Sox (1) Yankees (1)
Nick Altrock 3 Red Sox (1) White Sox (1) Senators (1)
Bullet Joe Bush 3 A’s, (1) Red Sox (1) Yankees (1)
Dolf Luque 3 Braves (1) Reds (1) Giants (1)
Lew Burdette 3 Yankees (1) Braves (1) Cardinals (1)
Jay Johnstone 3 A’s (1) Yankees (1) Dodgers (1)
Steve Carlton 3 Cardinals (1) Phillies (1) Twins (1)
Lonnie Smith 3 Phillies (1) Cardinals (1) Royals (1)
Jack Morris 4 Tigers (1) Twins (1) Blue Jays (2)
Dave Stewart 3 Dodgers (1) A’s (1) Blue Jays (1)
Luis Polonia 3 A’s (1) Braves (1) Yankees (1)
Mike Lowell 3 Yankees (1) Marlins (1) Red Sox (1)
John Lackey 3 Angels (1) Red Sox (1) Cubs (1)
Terrance Gore 3 Royals (1) Dodgers (1) Braves (1)

I may be missing someone, I got it from a Reddit thread from 2016 and added Gore.

I think Joc Pederson is the first player to win back-to-back rings with different teams.
   9. Tom Nawrocki Posted: November 03, 2021 at 12:00 PM (#6050971)
Don Gullett won with the 1976 Reds and the 1977 Yankees. In fact, he was on four World Champion teams in a row.

EDIT: Also, Ben Zobrist with the 2015 Royals and 2016 Cubs. I'm sure there must be others.
   10. tonywagner Posted: November 03, 2021 at 12:14 PM (#6050976)
Jack Morris won with the 1991 Twins and 1992 Blue Jays.
   11. Astroenteritis Posted: November 03, 2021 at 12:21 PM (#6050979)
Yes, congrats to the Braves, they are very deserving champs. They dealt with everything this year and just played really good baseball in the playoffs.

I will look back at this season fondly, and honestly feel the Astros got about as much out of the year as could be expected. Hell, any year you win the pennant is a great year, filled with memorable moments.

I'm going to miss Correa; a lot of great memories during his stint with the team.
   12. and Posted: November 03, 2021 at 12:27 PM (#6050981)
I know they won't, but I really hope they keep Correa. He definitely feels like the kind of guy that would be a win-win to stay. But mounds of cash will probably say otherwise.
   13. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: November 03, 2021 at 12:36 PM (#6050986)
Pederson is the ninth player to win WS with different teams in consecutive seasons, according to that link. Jake Peavy with the 2013 Red Sox and 2014 Giants is another recent guy to have done it.
   14. salvomania Posted: November 03, 2021 at 12:40 PM (#6050987)
Tito Landrum, '82 Cardinals, '83 Orioles (I'm sure White Sox fans remember...)
   15. SoSH U at work Posted: November 03, 2021 at 12:41 PM (#6050988)
Eric Hinske played in three straight series with three different teams, but the Rays lost the one in the middle.
   16. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: November 03, 2021 at 12:47 PM (#6050992)
ISTR Don Baylor being the first to play in three consecutive series with three different teams: 86 Red Sox, 87 Twins, and 88 A's.
   17. salvomania Posted: November 03, 2021 at 12:48 PM (#6050993)
Pederson is the ninth player to win WS with different teams in consecutive seasons, according to that link

Hmmmm, for some reason Landrum doesn't make the list in the link above. He didn't play in the '82 postseason, but was on the roster at the end of the season, not sure if he was on the postseason roster. The Cardinals did carry three catchers in the postseason, as well as six(!) OFs, so maybe there was no room for Landrum, who did make 56 appearances in the OF during the season in addition to pinch-hitting/pincg-running.
   18. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 03, 2021 at 12:52 PM (#6050996)

Pederson is the ninth player to win WS with different teams in consecutive seasons,


Thanks, I misheard on the radio. Joc Pederson just KNOWS HOW TO WIN
   19. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: November 03, 2021 at 01:22 PM (#6051008)
It was really cool seeing Soler be such a critical part of their run. I still remember how he was one of the first big moves the Cubs made when they started their rebuild a decade ago. And, of course, how electric he was for them in the 2015 season. That homer last night was Pujols-off-Lidge-esque.
   20. Random Transaction Generator Posted: November 03, 2021 at 02:29 PM (#6051022)
Trevor Plouffe called this result...back on March 31st.
   21. Zach Posted: November 03, 2021 at 02:36 PM (#6051025)
Terrance Gore 3 Royals (1) Dodgers (1) Braves (1)

Terrance Gore has got to have the highest ratio of championships to innings played in history. 3 championships, 168.1 innings in the field.

I mean, he probably doesn't because of all the Moonlight Grahams in the world. But those 168.1 innings are over *seven seasons*.
   22. My name is Votto, and I love to get Moppo Posted: November 03, 2021 at 03:03 PM (#6051029)
This is pretty cool. The parade will evidently begin in downtown Atlanta on Friday morning, I am definitely planning to go watch.
   23. Astroenteritis Posted: November 03, 2021 at 03:03 PM (#6051030)
Trevor Plouffe called this result...back on March 31st.


My pick of the Dodgers over the White Sox looks pretty bad by comparison, but then I don't have a time machine.
   24. bfan Posted: November 03, 2021 at 03:10 PM (#6051034)
Tito Landrum, '82 Cardinals, '83 Orioles (I'm sure White Sox fans remember...)


as opposed to Braves fans, who will not remember Terrence Gore's time with or role for the 2021 Braves.
   25. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: November 03, 2021 at 04:09 PM (#6051046)
Doesn't look like Landrum was on the postseason roster in 1982.
   26. Tony S Posted: November 03, 2021 at 04:50 PM (#6051059)
I'm going to miss Correa; a lot of great memories during his stint with the team.


The Astros can afford to keep him if they really want to.
   27. Howie Menckel Posted: November 03, 2021 at 05:26 PM (#6051071)
Jay Johnstone 3 A’s (1) Yankees (1) Dodgers (1)
Luis Polonia 3 A’s (1) Braves (1) Yankees (1)
Mike Lowell 3 Yankees (1) Marlins (1) Red Sox (1)
John Lackey 3 Angels (1) Red Sox (1) Cubs (1)
Terrance Gore 3 Royals (1) Dodgers (1) Braves (1)


hall of famers all!
:)

after the Spurs knocked off the Knicks at MSG to win the 1999 NBA title, Steve Kerr looked more like a Calvin and Hobbes character than ever, sitting on a high perch in the visitors locker room while looking down in obvious disbelief.

he said he was just reflecting on how weird it was that he, of all people, got to claim a 4th straight ring.

(Pep Saul did it in 1951-54 for the Rochester Royals (1) and Minneapolis Lakers (3), while many Celtics did same in their string of 7 straight titles ending in 1966. but Kerr is the only one to do it since the league expanded beyond nine teams.)
   28. Bull Pain Posted: November 03, 2021 at 05:30 PM (#6051074)
Crazy that a team with fewer wins than the Blue Jays and Mariners won the World Series, but such is the nature of baseball.

Assuming anyone who saw game action during the season gets a ring, there are a handful of interesting old scrubs along with Gore...

Stephen Vogt
Ender Inciarte
Pablo Sandoval
Jonathan Lucroy
Jeff Mathis (0-9 with 5 K's in his 17th MLB season)
Kevan Smith
Sean Kazmar Jr (Got a brief MLB call up in 2008 with San Diego but had otherwise been in the minors since 2004! He has played for Gwinnett since 2013 and got 2 PAs back in the early part of the season. He better get a ring.)
Josh Tomlin
Nate Jones
Shane Greene
Carl Edwards Jr (not quite as valuable as in 2016. He pitched in one game, got one out, allowed 3 runs and got released)
   29. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: November 03, 2021 at 05:49 PM (#6051078)
Jeff Mathis (0-9 with 5 K's in his 17th MLB season)
As I asked as the game chatter was dying out...if you're Mathis, do you accept the ring? Do you ever wear it? How about Edwards?
   30. bfan Posted: November 03, 2021 at 07:35 PM (#6051107)
Pablo Sandoval


Pablo got the Braves Eddie Rosario from the Indians, so I would gladly place the ring on fat panda's fleshy fingers.
   31. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: November 03, 2021 at 09:23 PM (#6051132)
Pablo got the Braves Eddie Rosario from the Indians


Was Eddie owed like $5 million next year? Why would you trade any human who is still breathing for the fat panda?
   32. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: November 03, 2021 at 09:56 PM (#6051149)
That homer last night was Pujols-off-Lidge-esque.


Maybe the most violent swing I've ever seen in a half-century of watching the game. Dear Lord.
   33. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: November 03, 2021 at 10:20 PM (#6051152)
Maybe the most violent swing I've ever seen in a half-century of watching the game.


Gary Sheffield would like a word with you....
   34. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: November 03, 2021 at 10:31 PM (#6051157)
Gary Sheffield would like a word with you....


As a longtime Braves fan, I'd love to talk to him. That's a fine comparison...but Soler last night put me in mind of Dave Winfield uncoiling on one, except with twice the bat speed. It was hellacious.
   35. and Posted: November 04, 2021 at 09:31 AM (#6051203)
So why the down year for him? By the numbers, Soler was awful in KC. How much do you spend to keep him next year? Do you?
   36. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: November 04, 2021 at 09:41 AM (#6051206)
So why the down year for him? By the numbers, Soler was awful in KC. How much do you spend to keep him next year? Do you?


With all the outfielders currently in the mix and an (eventually) returning Acuña, I'm glad it's not my problem. They also have to decide whether or not they're ready to cut bait on Christian Pache and/or Drew Waters. Myself...I'd be happy to have Soler back in the fold as a potential DH next season. And of course how much money it takes to get Freddie re-upped will be a big factor, too.
   37. bfan Posted: November 04, 2021 at 12:14 PM (#6051235)
Why would you trade any human who is still breathing for the fat panda?


Team morale? Comic relief? Veteran presence? (These are fat panda virtues, and not necessarily Rosario virtues).

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