Pitching could be the key to this World Series


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The Atlanta Braves have upset the Dodgers, and the Houston Astros have stopped the hot Red Sox, setting up the MLB World Series. 

Carson Chapel, Sports Editor

The Atlanta Braves have upset the Dodgers, and the Houston Astros have stopped the hot Red Sox, setting up the MLB World Series. 

In the National League Championship Series, the Braves got a hot start on a tough lineup and took a 2-0 lead. The Dodgers battled back enough to set up a 3-2 deficit in the series, but the Braves won Game 6, 4-2. 

The Dodgers were said to be the best team in baseball. But the Dodgers’ rotation, which consists of Max Scherzer, Walker Buehler, and Julio Urías, did not perform their best, as all of their starts ended in losses. 

In the American League Championship Series, the Astros proved to be the real deal as most of their star players — Yordon Alvarez, Carlos Corea, Yuli Guriel, and Kyle Tucker — have a batting average around .300.

The Astros held the heavy-hitting Red Sox lineup to a batting average under .300. Only Kiké Hernandez could not be stopped, as he hit .385 with 3 home runs. 

So what does this World Series matchup look like?

The Braves team suffered a significant loss early in the season when star outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. tore his ACL. The team did not dwell on it, though, because in the 33 games after Acuña went down, the Braves averaged 5.53 runs per game, one of the highest figures in baseball. 

The Braves added Joc Pederson and Eddie Rosario to replace Acuña. These two have played amazing baseball throughout the playoffs, as Rosario won the National League Championship Series MVP. 

On the other side, the Astros may be able to exploit a weakness in the Braves lineup by stealing bases. The Braves catcher, Travis d’Arnaud, does not have the greatest arm.

The big question for both of these teams is who will be able to come on top with pitching. 

The Braves have young stars Max Fried and Ian Anderson, and a trio of lefties out of the bullpen. 

Framber Valdez has proven to be a top pitcher for the Astros. Houston also has veterans Justin Verlander and Zach Greinke. With one of the team’s top pitchers, Lance McCullers Jr., out of the lineup, the Astros will have to have a lot of depth in their bullpen. 

Game 1 is today and the Braves are sending out veteran Charlie Morton, while the Astros send the young star Framber Valdez. 

This World Series will be one to remember as the Braves are trying to prove themselves and win for Acuña, while the Astros are fighting to earn respect and prove that they are a legit team without cheating.