Astros manager Dusty Baker seeks his first World Series ring playing against the organization that gave him his start as a major league player when he was 19 years old. His quest for a title begins with Game 1 on Tuesday against the Braves.
How to watch the Atlanta Braves at the Houston Astros:
Date: October 26, 2021
Game time: 8 pm Eastern Time
If the Astros win this series, Baker, 72, will be the second-oldest manager to win the championship. Jack McKeon was also 72 when he won a title with the Marlins in 2003, but he was about 200 days older.
Baker is the only person to lead five teams in a division title. He has won both the National League Championship Series with the Giants and the American League Championship Series with the Astros.
Atlanta manager Brian Snitker has led the Braves to their first World Series appearance since 1999. He will face his son Troy Snitker, one of Houston’s hitting coaches.
The Braves did not play a game with a record above .500 until their 111th game of the season. No World Series team has gone this long without a winning record.
The Astros will make their third World Series appearance in five years when they face the Braves, but this will be their first since news of their cheating scandal broke in late 2019.
In Game 1, the Astros will start Framber Valdez, who was a revelation in Game 5 against the Boston Red Sox. He allowed just three hits and one run in eight innings in a series-turning 9-1 win.
The Braves will build on the momentum of their young bats, led by NL Championship Series MVP Eddie Rosario. He tied a postseason series record with 14 series hits. They can also rely on the rock of their organization in Freddie Freeman.
Atlanta will start with another veteran on the mound in Charlie Morton. He pitched in last year’s World Series for the Bay Rays.
Both teams won their championship series in six games. Who will hit first in the 2021 World Series?