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World Series: Tucker Davidson to start Game 5 for Braves

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Davidson pitched well in June before an injury shut him down for most of the year

Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The Braves will turn to Tucker Davidson as their Game 5 World Series starter on Sunday night. With a win, the club will win its first championship in a quarter-century.

It’s an incredible turn of events for Davidson, 25, who was not on the original World Series roster and has not pitched in a big league game since June. Davidson was added to the roster earlier this week following Charlie Morton’s injury in Game 1.

Davidson made four starts for the Braves in June and pitched well to the tune of a 3.60 ERA (4.52 FIP, 4.42 xFIP) across 20 innings. Unfortunately a forearm strain during his start on June 15 cut his regular season short, although he continued to rehab with Triple-A Gwinnett over the summer months. Now, he is a few hours away from opening the World Series.

The Braves opted to start reliever Dylan Lee in Game 4 and it did not go well as Lee lasted just four batters and loaded the bases.

The Astros will start Framber Valdez tonight, who started Game 1 of the series but did not fare well. He surrendered five runs in 2+ innings, including a leadoff homer to Jorge Soler and two-run shot to Adam Duvall.

First pitch is set for 8:15 p.m. ET on FOX.