How Many Games in World Series MLB Playoff Roundup: Game 1 of the World Series

MLB Playoff Roundup: Game 1 of the World Series

The 117th edition of the Fall Classic began last night in Houston, with the Braves taking on the Astros. It’s the sixth time they’ve faced each other in the postseason, since they faced each other five times in the National League Division Series between 1997 and 2005, during Houston’s Senior Circuit days. The Chipper Jones-led Braves dominated the first three meetings, going 9-1, but Houston bounced back with back-to-back NLDS wins in 2004 and 2005 (the latter on Chris Burke’s walk-off homer in the 18th inning of Game 4).

2005 may not seem like a long time ago, but it is, especially for the Astros. That was their first World Series trip, and following a big reconstruction, they regained prominence in 2015, winning three pennants in the last five years. Atlanta underwent their own makeover and is currently back in the Fall Classic for the first time since the Yankees swept them in 1999. So, how did the first battle go?

What happened the night before?
Game 1 of the World Series

The Atlanta Braves defeated the Houston Astros 6 to 2.


(The Braves lead 1-0.)


The Astros were the favorite at the start of the World Series, but the Braves proved they were a strong rival in the opening inning. Due of the Houston setting, Jorge Soler earned the start at DH and led off the game with a homer into the Crawford Boxes, becoming the first player in MLB history to do so. Although others have hit leadoff home runs in the home half of the first, Soler was the first to do so in the game’s actual first at-bat.

Atlanta promptly added to its 1-0 advantage, too, when Ozzie Albies reached on an infield single, stole second, and scored on Austin Riley’s double to the left-center-field gap. Framber Valdez came back to limit Atlanta to two runs, and while both teams had chances with the bases loaded in the following half-innings, just one Atlanta runner crossed home plate, and the score was 3-0 after two.

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However, in the third inning, the Braves knocked Valdez out of the game. NLCS MVP Eddie Rosario singled, and Adam Duvall followed with a 111.7-mph blast to right. Atlanta led 5-0, and Valdez’s night was over when he failed to capitalize on his dominant eight-inning start against Boston. Charlie Morton, on the other hand, was unable to provide much length to the Braves, as the veteran was forced from the game with an injury that was subsequently revealed to be a fractured fibula. It’s a crushing blow for Atlanta, who will be without its most dependable starter for the rest of the World Series.

The war of the bullpens had begun. Jake Odorizzi led a group of Astros relievers in shutting down the Atlanta batters through seven innings, while A.J. Minter came up big in relief of the injured Morton (later earning the win). Houston scored on an error by Dansby Swanson, but the short reliever still pitched 2.1 innings of three-hit ball, exerting himself longer than he generally does. After an abysmal NLCS, Luke Jackson retired five of the next six batters.

The Braves scored an extra run in the eighth inning with a Swanson walk, a Soler infield single that rolled into no-land, man’s allowing Swanson to advance to third, and a Freddie Freeman sacrifice fly. That came in handy when Yordan Alvarez promptly regained control with a leadoff triple, and he was plated on a Carlos Correa groundout to make it 6-2. While the Braves lost Morton, they won Game 1 to steal at least one game on the road.

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What’s on the agenda?
Game 2 of the World Series

Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros


(Max Fried vs. José Urquidy)


The time is 8:08 p.m. ET




Minute Maid Park is the location.


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Yes, it’s only a 1-0 lead, but World Series leads are priceless. Remember how the Yankees came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Atlanta in the 1996 Fall Classic? That was incredible, yet unique. In the 24 World Series since then, the winner of Game 1 has gone on to win it all 20 times (83.3 percent). The routes may differ between sweeps and seven-game classics, but completing a comeback from a single game behind is a difficult task.

Tonight in Houston, the Braves will try to extend their lead and go up 2-0, while the Astros will want to be the outlier and even the series before it moves to Atlanta. Despite being on the road and commanding the series, the Braves will most likely need to steal this one with a genuine starting on the mound in Fried. He struggled in the potential NLCS clinching on Thursday, but he has generally been excellent.

Atlanta will have Ian Anderson for Game 3, but beyond that, they may not have another true starter until Game 6. It’s a race against the clock to win three more games without Morton, and their bullpen can only pitch so many innings. Minter, Jackson, Tyler Matzek, and Will Smith all saw action in the opener, and if Atlanta is to win this series, all of those relievers (and more) must be at their best.

On the other hand, the Astros have now lost five World Series games in a row at home, which is a rare occurrence for a team that generally dominates at Minute Maid Park. But they haven’t won one since the wild Game 5 of the 2017 World Series against the Dodgers, when their sign-stealing was at its peak. Urquidy will start, and he’s just tossed 1.2 scoreless innings since the regular-season finale on October 3rd. His 2021 season demonstrated his potential, but he’ll need more than two runs of backing from the Astros’ lineup to win.


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MLB Playoffs 2021: How many games are played in the World Series?
In total there are seven games available that will be played between two winning teams of the leagues championships (ALS and NLS), but the team that wins the most of seven games will be crowned the champion and will be awarded the Commissioner’s Trophy.

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