The Atlanta Braves will be looking to take a 2-0 advantage over the Houston Astros when the World Series continues Wednesday night. The Braves scored a 6-2 win in Game 1 but lost Charlie Morton who suffered a fractured fibula when he was struck in the leg by a comebacker off the bat of Yuli Gurriel. Morton traveled to Green Bay Wednesday to see a specialist. He was replaced on the roster by rookie left-hander Tucker Davidson.
Brian Snitker was asked about his rotation plans going forward without Morton. He said that they would take a day-by-day approach and just see how they get there.
“We know we’ve got Ian going in Game 3,” Snitker said. “But it’s going to be kind of a “how we get there” approach and take today separately and just go out and try to do everything we can to win that game and worry about tomorrow tomorrow.”
When asked about Davidson’s role, Snitker was non-committal about whether he would be an option to start later in the series.
“Right now he gives us an option for today, if we need him,” Snitker said. “They’re all options. It’s going to be a how we get there type situation. We were dealt a significant blow, and we’re just going to have to adjust and fight through it the best we can.”
Davidson pitched well in a four-game stint in the team’s rotation before suffering a forearm strain. He was slow to recover and missed the majority of the rest of the season. He did make a rehab start at Gwinnett on October 3 and has continued to work and stretch out at the alternate training site.
“He’s good. Reports were really good how he was throwing, and he feels good,” Snitker said. “He did a really nice job for us when he was here the first time.”
Davidson, a Texas native, was naturally excited about his opportunity.
“It’s a huge deal. It’s an honor to be here,” Davidson said. “Pitching in Texas is going to be awesome. I haven’t done that, I don’t think, since college. That will be a fun, unique experience. The opportunity to make my postseason debut in the World Series, I don’t think very many people have the opportunity to get to say they’ve done that before. So really just getting to soak it all in and just go out there and help the team in any way I can.”
After struggling in his final two appearances in the NLCS, Luke Jackson returned to the mound in Game 1 and pitched well allowing one hit over 1 2/3 scoreless innings. He struck out three and didn’t walk anyone.
“That was great. Good for him too,” Snitker said. “He had a rough couple of games or a couple of pitches pretty much, but that was big right there for him.”
I said before the game, he’s going to have to play a part again,” Snitker added. “I told him, after the last series, you’re a big reason why we’re here. “I admire him for how he bounced back last night, how effective he was.”
Jackson said he was eager to get back on the mound after his struggles in the NLCS and even lobbied to start a game.
“I was just excited to get back out there,” Jackson said. “Coming from a rough series in the NLCS and then getting a chance to kind of, not redeem myself, but prove what I’ve done all year. It’s one of those things that I kept telling them I want to start the game. Let me start Game 2. I need to get out there. I need to pitch again.
“The guys have been behind me the whole way, in the clubhouse, the coaching staff. The fact that they still trusted me is pretty cool.”