Lto 2021 World Series begins this Tuesday. Braves and Astros meet again in the postseason for the first time since 2005, but it will be the first time they have met in the playoffs since Houston made its move to the American League. Although Atlanta leads the record, the ninth seeks to end the negative streak they have had in the last two series.
Beyond being the Braves’ first time to play the Fall Classic this century, they have outstanding accounts on a long six-hold record with the Astros. But this time it will be for the Commissioner’s Trophy.
The history between the two playoff ninths dates back to 1997, where superiority was reflected in the Braves in a three-game sweep within the Division Series. Inertia remained on Atlanta’s side within the NLDS, for 1999 and 2001.
Atlanta He managed to prevail in four games against Houston in the last season where they reached the World Series. While in 2001, they again pulled the broom to dispatch the Astros.
However, the 180 degree turn came to favor the ‘Stros. In a five-game series, the Braves saw their perfect streak end. Although Houston failed to win the National League pennant.
But The true turning point for the Minute Maid Park came in 2005. In a dramatic NLDS in Game 4, the Astros rallied from a grand slam in the third inning of Adam LaRoche to cut distances.
Houston found the light with a Lance Berkman grand slam on the eighth roll and at the end of the ninth they forced extra innings. In a game that seemed eternal and lasted up to 18 innings, when Chris Burke put “the final nail in the coffin” for the Braves with a homerun. That year the Astros reached the World Series which they lost to the Chicago White Sox.
After being outmatched in the last two series and with the weight of not winning the Fall Classic since 1995, Atlanta seeks to kill two birds with one stone and extend its dominance against the ‘Stros who have not been seen for 20 years.