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Pre-World-Series-Gamin’: Braves at Astros (7:09 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Last night, Jorge Soler hit a leadoff home run in Game 1 of the 2021 World Series and the Braves never looked back. They now have a 1-0 lead over the Astros, with one more game in Houston, before the series moves back to Atlanta for three straight. For that reason, this is pretty close to a must-win for the Astros tonight. Game starts at 7:09 CT on FOX.

Go Braves.

Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox – ALCS Game 6

Max Fried is taking the mound for the Braves tonight, following a strong regular season performance (3.04 ERA, 3.49 FIP, 3.8 WAR). Indeed, he’s already carried that over into October, walking just two batters and allowing just 7 earned runs over his three playoff starts. Fried has carried reverse splits this season – and is effectively split-neutral for his career – so there aren’t many platoon advantages to be had for the Astros tonight.

Opposing Fried is José Urquidy, who’s making just his second playoff start this October. His first one against the Red Sox didn’t go too well: 1.2 IP, 6ER with five hits, including a homer, and two walks. Woof. Urquidy, a righty, also has reverse splits (what’s the deal with everyone in this series having reverse splits?) meaning righties have hit him better than lefties this season and for his career. Both teams will be looking for some length out of their starters after going bullpen heavy in Game 1 (Charlie Morton exited after 2.1 IP … with a broken leg … and Framber Valdez gave the Astros just 2.0 innings).

Broadcast Info

First Pitch: 7:09 PM (CT)
TV: FOX
Radio: ESPN 1000

Starting Pitching Matchup

Braves: Max Fried (L) – 2021: 3.04 ERA

vs.

Astros: Jose Urquidy (R) – 2021: 3.62 ERA

Starting Lineups

Atlanta Braves:

1. Eddie Rosario, LF
2. Freddie Freeman, 1B
3. Ozzie Albies, 2B
4. Austin Riley, 3B
5. Jorge Soler, DH
6. Joc Pederson, RF
7. Adam Duvall, CF
8. Travis d’Arnaud, C
9. Dansby Swanson, SS

Houston Astros:

1. Jose Altuve, 2B
2. Michael Brantley, LF
3. Alex Bregman, 3B
4. Yordan Alvarez, DH
5. Carlos Correa, SS
6. Kyle Tucker, RF
7. Yuli Gurriel, 1B
8. Jose Siri, CF
9. Martin Maldonado, C



Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami