Braves end World Series absence

24 October 2021 20:23:54 GMTPlus11
Freddie Freeman was almost lost for words

For the first time since 1999, the Atlanta Braves have reached the World Series, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship series in game six 4-2 to claim the NL Pennant.

The Braves are 5/12 to win the World Series and they will face American League Championship series winners, the Houston Astros (2/1), who have reached their third World Series in five years.

Rosario inspires Braves

Eddie Rosario was the star man for the Braves in game six, his three run homer in the fourth inning helped Atlanta to the victory, one season after they lost the NLCS to the Dodgers.

Rosario was named NLCS MVP after a sensational series, in which he claimed a .560 batting average, three home runs and nine RBI’s in six games.

I think this might be the definition of pure joy.

Freddie Freeman

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The loss ends the title defence of the Dodgers, who despite winning 106 games in the regular season, struggled with injuries throughout the course of the postseason to key players in Clayton Kershaw and Max Muncy, plus Joe Kelly and Justin Turner.

The loss could see a change in the clubhouse for Los Angeles, as they have several players heading for free agency, including Kershaw, Max Scherzer, Albert Pujols, Corey Seager, Kenley Jansen and Chris Taylor.

Braves become consistent

This season marked the fourth straight season the Braves have reached the post-season, winning the NL East Division title every season since 2018 and Freddie Freeman has been a stalwart with the club since 2007.

The star first baseman spoke to MLB.com about reaching his first World Series: "I think this might be the definition of pure joy. It really is. I really don't, it hasn't hit me at all, I don't really know how to feel."

The Braves will meet the Astros in the World Series with the opener on Tuesday night in Houston.

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