ATLANTA – The Houston Astros insist they are three wins away from winning the World Series, even though they are down 1-3 against the Atlanta Braves, before they play Game 5 in Atlanta this Sunday.
However, it is a fact that the Astros will have to climb a very complicated slope, if they are to avoid being known by the team that only won one Fall Classic, despite going five consecutive times to the American League Championship Series. they have won in three of the last five years.
“We basically have to focus on just one game at a time,” second baseman José Altuve said. “We’ve talked about that the whole series. If we win tomorrow (Sunday), then we have to go out and win Game 6 and see what happens. We have to focus on one game and that game is tomorrow (Sunday).”
If the Astros are to make a comeback that would have to be epic to win the Series then they will have to improve their hitting a lot.
For example, on Saturday in Game 4, Houston starter Zack Greinke may have even exceeded his own team’s expectations. His first start in 10 days ended after four good innings, in which he did not accept a run.
But the offense, as in the two previous games, fell short of the capacity they have and is proven in the majors.
They left 11 runners on the bases and were unable to hit a single hit in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position. In the two most recent games they are 17-0 with men in scoring position.
“We have to go out and fight,” said shortstop Carlos Correa. “Nobody said it was going to be easy. But if there is any team that can do it, it is ours.”
The Astros have the opportunity on the hill they would have liked to face an elimination game. His first pitcher in the preseason rotation, Framber Valdez, will open the game, after a poor start in his presentation in this World Series, with just two innings, eight hits and five runs allowed.
Houston will face for the second consecutive night the relief of the Braves, who are short of starters, especially since Charlie Morton suffered a broken leg precisely in the first game of the series.
“I can’t get caught up in the bad things that happened in the last outing,” Valdez said. “I had already been through this going wrong and I came back more focused, making adjustments. So I did last time. I will make those same adjustments, especially trying to stay down in the zone. That’s the most important thing I want to focus on.” .