Zack Greinke, to take the undefeated Braves away from home this postseason


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Zack Greinke, to take the undefeated Braves away from home this postseason

Although he hasn’t hit the 40-pitch mark in a game since his return from the disabled list, Zack Greinke is a strong card for Astros to tie the World Series.

UNITED STATES – The Astros are in a hostile environment in the World Series, necessitating a win in the ‘midgame of a set of’ three games at Truist Park, where the Braves They have not lost this postseason (6-0). With Atlanta smelling the chance to take command, Houston He could use the steady hand of a veteran pitcher who has had a career decisive performance in critical situations.

If Game 4 of the World Series ends up being the last appearance of Zack greinke like Astro, it certainly makes a very appropriate backdrop.

“It is so precious to have a future Hall of Famer pitching for you,” he said. Alex Bregman as he looked past Friday’s 2-0 loss and watched a riveting showdown Saturday night with the Astros losing in the Series, 2-1. “He has thrown in important situations. He’s pitched really well for us in the World Series before. So we have a lot of confidence in him, and we want to play good defense behind him and give him some support in the race. “

In fact, Greinke it has some history with the World Series. That will be part of the fun.

The last time Greinke was on the mound in a Fall Classic, had the Astros eight outs from his second title in three years, having dominated the Nationals with one hit over 6 1/3 innings in Game 7 of the 2019 World Series. Minute Maid Park. Later Anthony Rendon hit a home run, Juan Soto walked to put the tying run on base and the then manager of the Astros, AJ Hinch, went to his bullpen.

The rest, of course, is history. Will harris replaced Greinke and Howie Kendrick hit a two-run homer and the Nats won their first title. It was arguably the most scrutinized managerial pitching move in modern World Series memory until Rays manager Kevin Cash removed Blake Snell after 5 1/3 innings in similar circumstances in Game 6 of the Classic. Fall of last year.

Greinke he hasn’t hit the 40-pitch mark in a game since his return from the disabled list on the final day of the regular season. His only start so far in the postseason was in a similar situation, but he lasted just 37 pitches and four outs in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Oct. 19 in Boston. He drew no swings or misses, struggled to locate anything other than his fastball, and only got one strike out of his secondary pitches.


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