In an eerily similar fashion to 2019 when the Washington Nationals went on an improbable run to win the World Series. The Atlanta Braves in 2021 went on a similar run from August to October. This is a franchise that went on one of the most dominant runs in sports history winning 14 consecutive division titles from 1991-2005. That run of success resulted in only one World Series title in 1995. They have won the NL East for four consecutive seasons currently and they could be starting another long run of success.
Atlanta wasn’t in first place when the calendar changed to August. But thanks to a few trade deadline acquisitions i.e, Outfielders Joc Pederson, Eddie Rosario, Jorge Soler and Adam Duvall, they went on a dominant run to win the division and clinch a playoff spot.
This team didn’t have their best starting pitcher for the entire season in Mike Soroka. They lost their best player just after the All-Star break in Ronald Acuna Jr. Even during the World Series they lost another starting pitcher in Charlie Morton after his Game 1 start. Yet, during all of this they didn’t falter and kept going until their opponent could figure out how to stop them.
The eventual World Series MVP started off the series against Houston with a bang as he hit a solo home run to lead off Game 1. His pinch hit home run in Game 4 gave the Braves the lead for good and his 3-run bomb in Game 6 still hasn’t landed yet. Adam Duvall along with Soler each drove in 6 runs during the series and franchise mainstay Freddie Freeman drove in 5 runs while batting .318. Austin Riley is quickly becoming a star as he batted .320 and had clutch hits for them throughout the series.
Ian Anderson was pitching a no-hitter in his Game 3 start. Max Fried pitched the best game of his career so far in Game 6 to win the series for Atlanta. Kyle Wright was instrumental in keeping the Braves in the game when they were down early in Game 4. Tyler Matzek struck-out another 7 batters in his 4 appearances. Closer Will Smith saved two games and didn’t allow a run in his 4 appearances. Their pitching staff wasn’t overwhelmingly good, but the names I mentioned were in large part why the Braves defeated the Houston Astros.
Congratulations to the Atlanta Braves on winning their fourth World Series title in franchise history. Let the ‘Tomahawk Chop’ reign down this offseason.