2021 Atlanta Braves: World Series Champions

by | Nov 3, 2021 | Baseball

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For the first time since 1995, the city of Atlanta can celebrate a World Series title thanks to the incredible ride from the Atlanta Braves this postseason. After suffering multiple postseason choke jobs, from blowing a 3-1 lead in last year’s NLCS to the famous 28-3 lead in Super Bowl 51, fans all across Atlanta can now celebrate ruining another Houston Astros season and more importantly ending the narrative of being labeled as a laughing stock in American sports.

The player most responsible for this title is DH Jorge Soler, who smacked the three biggest hits of his life in this series. There was no better way of introducing yourself to the World Series stage than launching a first-inning home run to jump-start your team’s 6-2 victory in game one. That was just one step toward earning his first World Series MVP trophy.

Unfortunately, that win came at a cost with ace Charlie Morton broke his leg on a line drive up the middle, but still found a way to throw 16 pitches and strike out Altuve on his final pitch to show the kind of toughness it takes to become a two time World Series champion.

You have to give credit to the Astros for keeping the series interesting by winning games two and five. They outscored Atlanta 16-7 in those two contests but scored just four runs in the Braves’ four victories. After falling behind 3-1 in the series, they scored five runs in the final four innings of game five to send the series back to Houston. Unfortunately, the Astros big bats fell short in too many big spots and the Braves’ pitching took full advantage. Holding ALCS MVP Jordan Alverez to two hits and two runs scored all series says it all.

In the meantime, Jorge Soler’s magical series continued in game four. Teammate Dansby Swanson had just finished tying the game with an opposite-field home run, but Soler wanted to join the fun and boy did he ever. Soler launched his second homer over the outstretched glove of Alverez to give Atlanta a 3-2 lead they would never surrender. 

Just when I thought he could not get more impressive at the plate, game six happened. He dismantled a 3-2 pitch over the train tracks at Minute Maid Park to hand starter Max Fried a 3-0 lead. Just for good measure, shortstop Dansby Swanson destroyed a 95 MPH fastball deep into the left-field bleachers to increase the lead to 5-0. First baseman Freddie Freeman took care of the rest offensively with an RBI double and his very own moonshot to left.

After that, the combination of Max Fried, Tyler Matzek, and Will Smith held the Astros in check. Those three combined for zero walks and ten strikeouts in the clincher. The Astros were 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position and left five on base. 

Fried’s performance was particularly impressive as he bounced back from his game two outing, where he surrendered six runs on seven hits in five innings in a 7-2 defeat. I would say becoming the only starter on either side to pitch past five innings the entire series is a great way to make Braves fans forget about that nightmare game two outing. 

Redemption was the theme of this season, especially when Atlanta did not have a record above .500 until early August. Nobody gave them a chance when they lost Acuna, but the trades for World Series MVP Jorge Soler, NLCS MVP Eddie Rosario, and Adam Duvall clearly paid off throughout their run to the World Series.

Congrats to Braves fans everywhere and I look forward to seeing just how dominant this team can be when they are fully healthy. In the meantime, enjoy the final out one more time below.

By: Whitney Dowds CruelFan.com