Sunday truly was a fun day for Braves fans!
So many awesome highlights, pictures, and moments to enjoy over and over again from Saturday night. Beyond the performance on the field, the energy in the crowd was absolutely incredible. Anyone and everyone that was at Truist Park helped to created an amazing atmosphere that will be remembered for years to come. It truly has been another step forward and a special season for the Braves.
However, despite narratives being rewritten and expectations consistently being exceeded, one very important truth remains:
The job is not finished!
Obviously, earning the right to make the World Series and embracing the experience should be cherished. However, the Braves, more than most franchises in all of sports, know achieving this opportunity is far from guaranteed to be a frequent thing. As a result, though the Braves will once again be playing the role of underdogs against the Astros, this roster will be fully ready to rise to the occasion and bring another World Series title to Atlanta.
- Some developments for the World Series were revealed on Sunday. As expected, the Braves will send Charlie Morton to the mound in Game 1. The Astros will counter with Framber Valdez.
- As expected, early odds are suggesting that the Astros are the clear favorites in the 2021 World Series, including Draft Kings.
- The obvious strength of the Astros is their lineup. As a result, Yordan Alvarez and Jose Altuve sit atop the World Series MVP odds list, while Freddie Freeman is currently at third according to Draft Kings.
- One other key and positive development for the Braves will be the return of Jorge Soler, as Mark Bowman writes about how his power could play a big role at DH in Houston.
- A significant development for the Astros is why Valdez will be the Game 1 starter. Lance McCullers is likely out of the World Series due to injury.
- While many may have been surprised when the Cardinals fired Mike Shildt earlier this month, many within the organization had a good idea of who his replacement will be. The Cardinals are expected to announce Oli Marmol as the new manager today.
- An offseason of significant change may await the Dodgers, who have several key contributors from their 2021 team becoming free agents.
- While Brian Snitker’s ties to Atlanta and the Braves are obviously well known, both he and Dusty Baker, this year’s World Series Managers, have plenty of connections with the franchise.