The Atlanta Braves have won their first World Series since 1995 with a 6-0 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 4. With the win, they are now 2-2 in Fall Classics and will face off against either Boston or LA for 2020’s title.
Several Braves players have been named as possible candidates to win the World Series MVP. Right fielder Ender Inciarte, who was brought in from Philly through a deal for Hector Neris and prospect Sixto Sanchez before the season started, had a great showing with his first hit of the series being a three-run shot that put Game 4 out of reach for the Astros. I always say, you can’t base your seasons around winning a World Series or making it to the playoffs, Inciarte says. You have to play every day like it’s your last day in baseball.
Additionally, catcher Tyler Flowers has been stellar behind the plate calling pitches and even had an RBI himself in Game 1. What has me really excited though is the pitching staff, specifically Julio Teheran and Mike Foltynewicz dominating throughout the series especially when it comes to important outs. Sure, Charlie Culberson may have won the MVP of the NLCS with his key hitting, but I think this duo should be up for World Series MVP. What do you think?
NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES GAME 1 PITCHERS: JEFF SAMARDZIJA (6-5, 3.83) vs. JULIO TEHERAN (14-8, 3.21)
The Giants will go with Samardzija after the 32-year-old rebounded from a third straight subpar season, during which he dropped below 200 innings for the first time since 2010. He was 12-12 with a 4.42 ERA and 218 strikeouts in 201 2/3 innings this year.
Samardzija had an up and down NLCS against the Cubs , allowing four runs in 6 1/3 innings of Game 3 but then dominating in his next two outings with 13 strikeouts over 10 scoreless innings.
Teheran won the only previous meeting between these teams during his rookie year, pitching seven shutout innings at AT&T Park on May 20, 2014. However, he is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in two postseason starts against the Giants.
ATLANTA BRAVES WORLD SERIES GAME 1 PITCHERS: MIKE FOLTYNEWICZ (17-7, 2.85) vs. JEFF SAMARDZIJA (12-12, 4.42)
After a down year in 2016, Foltynewicz returned to form this season with career bests in ERA (2.85), WHIP (1.11), innings pitched (182 1/3) and strikeouts (178). He was 2-2 with a 3.32 ERA over his first five starts, but followed that by going 5-0 with a 0.97 ERA over his next seven outings. That stretch included his only previous start against the Giants, when he allowed one hit and struck out eight over seven scoreless innings in a 1-0 win at AT&T Park on May 30.
Samardzija has had mixed results in postseason appearances for the Cubs and the Athletics , going 2-4 with a 4.02 ERA in nine games (eight starts) while allowing a .239 batting average and 10 home runs over 49 innings.
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS WORLD SERIES GAME 1 PITCHERS: JULIO TEHERAN (14-8, 3.21) vs. MIKE FIERS (9-5, 3.67)
Atlanta will go with Teheran after he rebounded from a rough 2018 to post solid numbers this year, going 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA and leading the NL with 17 wins before the All-Star break.