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The Atlanta Braves Take A Seemingly Commanding (3-1) Lead In The 2021 World Series

October 31, 2021

Dansby Swanson and Jorge Soler (he was on the ’16 title winning Cubs, homered in his first big league at bat and days back became the first player to homer as the first batter up in the 117 year history of the World Series) hit consecutive, 1 out, solo, HR’s B7 yielding a (3-2) Atlanta lead and eventual same score win in #4 and a seemingly commanding 3 games to 1 lead vs the Houston Astros in the 2021 World Series.

The Braves seeking just theirs and Atlanta’s second major North American sports league crown, is now (7-0) at home in this year’s ‘offs, hoping to become just the third team since the advent of extra playoff entities, to go unbeaten at home during the ‘offs and win the crown. (Likely only the ’08 Phillies and ’99 Yankees have gone unblemished at home since the extra playoff entities began in ’95).

Atlanta (5-17) as the Atlanta Braves in Sunday post-season tilts hope to wrap up the title tonight. If they fail to do so, Fox with Smoltz, who completely botched the point regarding the unprecedented all road team wins,’19 World Series gets another game, breaks at least even, helping fuel their Unique” rhetoric.

It was sad, (was it?) to watch Astros’ manager Dusty Baker finish the writing in his notes after the loss that put Houston in a steep but not insurmountable hole and only I remark that the one time Baker was part of a title team (as an L.A. Dodgers player in strike marred 1981) he and his team benefitted from consecutive, bottom 7, solo homers that turned a one run deficit into a one run/same score win.

Then Pedro Guerrero homered off the excellent Yankees’ pitcher Ron Guidry to tie the game followed by Steve Yeager hitting a go ahead blast. Jerry Reuss went the route (now pitchers leave after 5 innings or less and get ridiculous praise) and L.A. took a (3-2) World Series lead, eventually winning the crown in game 6 when Baker, who did not have a good overall series, delivering a key hit.

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