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2021 World Series Predictions: Who will be World Series MVP?

2021 World Series Predictions: Who will be World Series MVP?

Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via We made our picks for who will win the World Series earlier today. You can find those here if you missed them. Up next is who will be named World Series MVP. DraftKings Sportsbook has Yordan Alvarez and Jose Altuve as the favorites although Freddie Freeman has the best odds among Braves players. Here are our picks for who will take home the trophy. Who will be World Series MVP? Kris: If the Braves are going to win this then there is really only one way to go. It would be fitting for Freddie Freeman to lead the way in his first...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop 4 hours ago
2021 World Series predictions: Will the Braves beat the Astros?

2021 World Series predictions: Will the Braves beat the Astros?

Photo by Carmen Mandato/ It’s time! The Atlanta Braves will take on the Houston Astros in the 2021 World Series which gets underway Tuesday. The Braves are underdogs again for the series but that shouldn’t be surprising since they have been an underdog since the postseason began. If you missed our earlier round predictions, you can find them here for the NLCS against the Dodgers and the NLDS against the Brewers. Who will win the 2021 World Series? Kris: I said the Braves would beat the Dodgers in seven for no good reason at all. They one upped me by winning in six....
TalkingChop 6 hours ago
The Daily Chop: World Series previews, Game One notes, Expert picks, and more

The Daily Chop: World Series previews, Game One notes, Expert picks, and more

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports The Braves play in their first World Series game since 1999 in just a few short hours. The Braves are playing in the World Series. It still seems surreal given all the agony that this organization has dealt its fan base over the past 22 years. Even this season seemed destined for another shortcoming, but this resilient group has battled all the way to the biggest stage. Now the only thing between this incredible team and a championship is four wins over the Houston Astros. The matchup will be anything but easy, but doubting this iteration...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop 7 hours ago
How to watch Game 1 of the World Series between the Braves and the Astros

How to watch Game 1 of the World Series between the Braves and the Astros

Photo by Carmen Mandato/ Everything you need to know to follow along in Game 1 The 2021 World Series will get underway Tuesday night with Game 1 between the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros. The Braves defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games in the NLCS while the Astros also needed six games to get past the Boston Red Sox. Charlie Morton will be on the mound for the Braves in Game 1 while the Astros will go with left-hander Framber Valdez. Game 1 Info Game Date/Time: Tuesday, October 26, 8:09 p.m. ET Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas Complete...
TalkingChop 13 hours ago
Battery Power: Who has the edge as Braves and Astros clash in World Series?

Battery Power: Who has the edge as Braves and Astros clash in World Series?

The Braves, who are playing their first World Series since 1999, last won a title in 1995. The Astros, champions in 2017, have appeared in two of the last three Fall Classics. | Photo by Carmen Mandato/ Breaking down the offenses, rotations and bullpens as the 117th Fall Classic gets underway Tuesday in Houston All-Star-heavy offenses, dangerous bullpens, a starting pitcher that is taking on his former club in Charlie Morton and Snitkers in both dugouts. There’s no shortage of storylines as the Braves and Astros meet in the World Series. But chief among them, can...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop 16 hours ago
The Braves and Astros have plenty of playoff history

The Braves and Astros have plenty of playoff history

Photo by RHONA WISE/AFP via The one time National League rivals met in the postseason five times between 1997 and 2005. When the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros meet in the 2021 World Series, they will rekindle a playoff rivalry that produced plenty of big moments over the years. Atlanta and Houston matched up in the NLDS five times between 1997 and 2005. They haven’t met in the postseason since the Astros moved to the American League in 2013. Below is a snapshot of each series which featured plenty of big names and future Hall of Famers. 1997 - Braves win...
TalkingChop 18 hours ago
Eddie Rosario and Tyler Matzek both seized the moment in the NLCS

Eddie Rosario and Tyler Matzek both seized the moment in the NLCS

Photo by Michael Zarrilli/ When you think of the Braves, you usually don’t think of these two at first thought. When you think of the 2021 NLCS, you definitely will remember these two. The Atlanta Braves have won the pennant and they’re going to the World Series. That sentence alone is wonderful to type out and if I could just sit here and keep on typing it for 1000 words, I would. As nice as it is to type that out, it wouldn’t be fun for me and I’m sure that even though you’re as thrilled as I am, you don’t want to just click on this article and read a...
TalkingChop 18 hours ago
Freddie Freeman, Ozzie Albies, Austin Riley, Adam Duvall, Max Fried named Silver Slugger Finalists

Freddie Freeman, Ozzie Albies, Austin Riley, Adam Duvall, Max Fried named Silver Slugger Finalists

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports Accolade season is right around the corner and quite a few Braves players are finalists! We are a day away from the Atlanta Braves taking on the Houston Astros in the World Series and four Braves players were announced as finalists. Finalists for the 2021 Silver Slugger Awards have been announced. Finalists are based on votes cast by managers and coaches, and the winners will be revealed on Nov. 11 at 6:00 p.m. ET on @MLBNetwork. pic.twitter.com/YLMPRSGqjy— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) October 25, 2021 Reigning MVP Freddie Freeman got...
TalkingChop 20 hours ago
2021 World Series Preview: The Astros are mashers

2021 World Series Preview: The Astros are mashers

Photo by Michael Starghill/MLB Photos via Breaking News: A team playing in the World Series can hit the ball really, really well. So, here we are! The Atlanta Braves are in the World Series and after taking on one monumental task in pitching to the Dodgers’ lineup, they are moving on to another task that figures to be just as tough, if not tougher. The Astros have been crushing the ball all season and it’s clearly translated into Postseason success since they’re the ones who the Braves will be facing in this year’s Fall Classic. As a team, you’re not going...
TalkingChop 20 hours ago
Lance McCullers Jr. will not be pitching in the World Series for the Astros

Lance McCullers Jr. will not be pitching in the World Series for the Astros

Photo by Ron Vesely/ The Astros will officially be without the talents of their top starting pitcher. Much has already been talked about when it comes to how the Braves and Astros will match up in the upcoming World Series. The Astros have one of the scariest lineups in the league while the Braves have a pretty clear edge between the starting rotations. One of the reasons (there are more) that the Braves have such a sizable edge on the starting pitching side was concerns regarding the health of Lance McCullers. McCullers was quite good for the Astros in the regular...
TalkingChop 21 hours ago
2021 World Series Preview: Astros starters are a question mark

2021 World Series Preview: Astros starters are a question mark

Photo by Maddie Meyer/ With Lance McCullers out, the Astros have plenty of question marks for their starting rotation. The Atlanta Braves are in the World Series for the first time in a long time and they get to face the Houston Astros in the Fall Classic. While the Astros have potentially the best offense in baseball, their pitching is...less good, especially with their best starter Lance McCullers rules out for the series. Let’s take a look at the available options for Houston in this series. Framber Valdez Photo by Elsa/ Framber Valdez has been...
TalkingChop 22 hours ago
Looking back at the Braves’ 1990’s World Series appearances

Looking back at the Braves’ 1990’s World Series appearances

Photo by Mitchell Layton/ The Braves will make their first World Series of the 2000’s, so lets take a quick look back at their appearances from the 1990’s. To say that it has been a long time between World Series appearances for the Atlanta Braves professional baseball club is a bit of an understatement. Prior to securing their spot in this year’s World Series, the Braves had not made a World Series appearance in the 2000’s. You have to go back to 1999 to find their last appearance in the Fall Classic and for those of you old enough to remember, well...the...
TalkingChop Oct 25, 2021
This Braves team is not an 88-win team

This Braves team is not an 88-win team

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports Here is why you shouldn’t focus on Atlanta’s regular season record. The Milwaukee Brewers did not play an 88-win team. The Los Angeles Dodgers did not play an 88-win team. If you’re not sure, you’re welcome to ask either what they think about the Atlanta Braves now. You’d probably get an answer too as both have had some unexpected free-time open up recently. A common refrain this October has been the Braves are the weakest team in the playoffs, undoubtedly because they had the fewest wins of any postseason team. And that is true....
TalkingChop Oct 25, 2021
Arizona Fall League Recap: Drew Lugbauer Homers in First Game

Arizona Fall League Recap: Drew Lugbauer Homers in First Game

Photo by Michael Reaves/ Drew Lugbauer was added to the roster in place of Shea Langeliers, and it took two at bats for him to go deep for Peoria As you all know the Atlanta Braves are making quite the postseason run, and with that comes some Arizona Fall League news. Our suspicions that Shea Langeliers was on the Braves taxi squad were confirmed and because of his commitment to the major league squad he was removed from the Arizona Fall League roster. As reported last week Drew Lugbauer will be placed on the roster in Langeliers’s stead. That is good news for our...
TalkingChop Oct 25, 2021
How the 2021 Braves killed the narrative and returned to the World Series

How the 2021 Braves killed the narrative and returned to the World Series

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports A comparison between 2020 and 2021 For the first time since 1999, the Atlanta Braves made it past the NLCS, and are going to the World Series. From the loss of arguably one of the greatest players in the league, to other unforeseen injuries, to last minute trades, it seems as though the Braves have been through it all this season. Many had given up on them, said they should focus on next year, and thought that there was no possible chance of them going to the postseason. But, despite all the adversity they have faced, Atlanta is once again...
TalkingChop Oct 25, 2021
The Atlanta Braves Rebuilt Their Way to the World Series

The Atlanta Braves Rebuilt Their Way to the World Series

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports It’s been many years and many heartbreaks, but the decision to tear it down in 2015 has delivered the Braves to heights they’ve longed for for decades The Braves rapid rebuilding process has come to its zenith, with the team punching its ticket to the World Series just five years after holding the third overall pick in the MLB draft. The 2013 Atlanta Braves team was one of the most successful in franchise history, punching a ticket to the postseason with a 96 win season that marked their 4th 89+ win season in a row and their best record...
TalkingChop Oct 25, 2021
The Daily Chop: Game 1 Starters Named, Early World Series Odds Revealed, Plus More

The Daily Chop: Game 1 Starters Named, Early World Series Odds Revealed, Plus More

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Key Developments are starting to fall into place for the Braves and Astros. Sunday truly was a fun day for Braves fans! So many awesome highlights, pictures, and moments to enjoy over and over again from Saturday night. Beyond the performance on the field, the energy in the crowd was absolutely incredible. Anyone and everyone that was at Truist Park helped to created an amazing atmosphere that will be remembered for years to come. It truly has been another step forward and a special season for the Braves. However, despite narratives being...
TalkingChop Oct 24, 2021
Talking Chop Podcast Episode 321: Previewing the World Series

Talking Chop Podcast Episode 321: Previewing the World Series

Photo by Michael Zarrilli/ Here we go. The 2021 World Series begins on Tuesday evening, with the Atlanta Braves taking on the Houston Astros in the best-of-seven clash. After a memorable NLCS victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Braves are riding high, and they will meet an intriguing opponent in the Astros. Houston toppled the Boston Red Sox to clinch a World Series berth on Friday, and the Astros will have home-field advantage. Before the first pitch, the Talking Chop Podcast returns for Episode 321, previewing the World Series action in full. TC’s Brad...
TalkingChop Oct 24, 2021
Sunday night open thread

Sunday night open thread

Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via No baseball tonight, weird stuff It’s kind of weird to have the simultaneous occurrences of no baseball at all, but also more Braves baseball in the immediate future, but that’s where we are. As such, if you want to take a well-deserved break from posting, go for it. But otherwise, this thread is here for you.
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Oct 24, 2021
Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve open as World Series MVP favorites

Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve open as World Series MVP favorites

Photo by Elsa/ Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman has the third best odds to take home the award per DraftKings Sportsbook. The Atlanta Braves opened as underdogs to the Houston Astros in the 2021 World Series which will get underway Tuesday, October 26 in Houston. Atlanta’s underdog status is also reflected in the odds for who will take home World Series MVP. Here is a look at the full list of opening odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for World Series MVP. 2021 World Series MVP odds Yordan Alvarez: +900Jose Altuve: +1000Michael Brantley: +1100Freddie Freeman: +1100Carlos...

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