For the first time in 25 years, the Atlanta Braves find themselves up 1-0 in the World Series. Tuesday night’s 6-2 win over the Astros was the franchise’s first World Series win since Oct. 21, 1996.
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But the win also came with a loss for Atlanta. Starting pitcher Charlie Morton is out for the rest of the fall classic after he broke his leg in Game 1.
The Braves players and coaches know what they will miss with Morton done, but said this team is built tough and knows how to overcome adversity.
“They’re going to keep fighting. They’re going to keep battling. We’ve been through this many times this year, losing key components to our club. I mean, really key components,” Brian Snitker said.
Here is what to know about Wednesday’s Game 2 as the Braves hope to extend the lead to 2-0.
Game Information and Tickets
Time: First pitch is scheduled for 8:09 p.m. Eastern time
Tickets: Tickets on secondary market are still available. StubHub shows Game 2 prices starting at $315 for standing room only and starting at $345 for outfield deck.
Watch party: The Battery Atlanta will host a watch party that begins 30 minutes before first pitch.
LHP Max Fried vs. RHP Jose Urquidy: Fried is coming off a rough start in Game 5 of the NLCS. He gave up eight hits and five runs in just over four innings. Before that, he’d been arguably one of the best pitchers in baseball. Fried has followed most of his bad starts with very, very good ones, so hopes are high.
Urquidy also got hit hard in his last start vs. Boston in the ALCS, giving up six runs and five hits in just under two innings. He was 8-3 during the regular season with a 3.62 ERA.
Storylines to watch
Will the Houston Astros bats stay silent or wake up?
The Astros lineup has been one of the hottest in baseball all season and through the postseason. But the Astros struck out 11 times vs. Charlie Morton and the Braves top four relief pitchers. For the Astros to have a chance, they’re going to need to hit.
Meanwhile, the Braves showed off that their offense shouldn’t be overlooked. Every starter in the lineup recorded at least one hit in Game 1. Ozzie Albies and NLCS MVP Eddie Rosario each went 2-for-5 Tuesday.
The Braves pitching depth:
Atlanta needs Fried to pitch deep into the game. The Braves used A.J. Minter for three innings, Luke Jackson for 1.2 innings and Tyler Matzek for 1.1 innings before giving way to Will Smith.
Minter will more than likely not be available for Game 2 in order to save him for a bullpen game. We really can’t rule the others out as they’ve been willing to pitch every day.
Some combination of Dylan Lee, Jesse Chavez, Chris Martin, Drew Smyly and Kyle Wright may see action in Game 2 if Fried can’t go at least six or seven innings.
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