Do you know how fun it was to type those first 4 words? Braves World Series Roster. Wow. It’s been over 2 decades since the last time we’ve been presented that opportunity and I’ll not let the chance go by without giving my hope that the Braves will be BOLD with their 26. Adding to that, the Braves are +120 to win on Betway (so get your bets in here). First, we’ll take a look at the locks for the roster, assuming health, and will then look at some of the players that have shown they belong and some that have shown little semblance they belong.
Braves World Series Roster: The Guaranteed
- Ian Anderson
- Jesse Chavez
- Max Fried
- Luke Jackson
- Tyler Matzek (did you know he was out of baseball for 5 years with performance anxiety?)
- A.J. Minter
- Charlie Morton
- Will Smith
- Drew Smyly
- Travis d’Arnaud
- Ozzie Albies
- Freddie Freeman
- Austin Riley
- Dansby Swanson
- Ehire Adrianza
- Adam Duvall
- Joc Pederson
- Eddie Rosario
- Jorge Soler
Breakdown: I could’ve probably included a few more, but looking at this list, these are the players that have made an impact on the games(Luke Jackson, an exception) and will definitely be part of the next round, heath intact. This leaves us with 7 ? for the Braves World Series Roster and while many might seem obvious, I’m not 100% sold they are at this point.
A Look at the Asstros Strengths
No, that’s not a typo. Yes, they’re the Asstros and the whole world outside of Houston is rooting for the Braves. The Astros are a good hitting club and while their season splits are slightly different, it’s likely not enough for the Braves to change their approach:
- LHBs vs. LHP: .776 OPS
- RHB vs. LHP: .834 OPS
- LHB vs. RHP: .794 OPS
- RHB vs. RHP: .754 OPS
Unlike the Dodgers , the Astros don’t really have a big split to exploit. The Braves loaded their roster with LHPs because there was an outlier statistics: The Dodgers LHBs carried a combined .701 OPS against LHPs. The closest to an outlier is the RHB vs. RHP and I think that’ll sway the Braves a little in terms of their relief choices.
With the structure of the World Series being 2 games, off day, 3 games, off day, and 2 games, the Braves can roll with Charlie Morton on Tuesday for Game 1, Max Fried on Wednesday for Game 2, Ian Anderson on Friday for Game 3, and then a 4th starter will be needed for Game 4. Sure the Braves could go with a bullpen game and that wouldn’t surprise me, but I’ve got an outside the box idea that seems plausible. That idea? Spencer Strider. With the Astros being slightly less successful against RHP, what better way to get through the first 3-4 innings in Houston than to throw a dude that’s downright filthy when right and can run it up to 100 MPH? Yes, my game 4 starter is Spencer Strider.
Regardless of whether they go with Strider or a bullpen game, the rotation can reset after game 4 and both Morton and Fried can be ready to roll in games 5 and 6 with Anderson on regular rest should he be needed for 7.
In a series where 4 of 7 games are played with the DH, how do you prepare your team? My guess is we see the same structure, 14 position players and 12 pitchers. With 5 already covered above, here’s my guess for the 7 bullpen arms.
Breakdown: Look, it’s a pure guess, but an educated one. Chris Martin threw the best 2 pitches of the game on Thursday night before throwing a bloody awful 0-2 pitch to Chris Taylor. Since the sticky ban, Chris Martin’s looked broken. However, so has Richard Rodriguez. It might be rearranging deck chairs, but it seems like the best guess at the current stage…and the Braves need another RHP. It’s either Touki Toussaint or Jacob Webb and Webb has failed more recently than Touki.
Assuming that Jorge Soler is the starting DH in Houston and the primary PH in Atlanta, he takes the first bench spot. And while the Braves could very well go with only 5 bench pieces, I expect to see some specialization on our bench, or maybe a 3rd catcher (though I won’t predict that). With Ehire Adrianza, William Contreras, and Jorge Soler already locked in, let’s look at our last 3.
- Terrance Gore: Considering 4 of the 7 games likely won’t see a PH, I think we see the return of the specialist speedster.
- Guillermo Heredia: I’d like to see Cristian Pache here, but I think Snitker values Heredia’s bat more at this point, and I can’t really blame him.
- Orlando Arcia: He’s here because he can play SS and is likely a better hitter and fielder than Johan Camargo.
What are your thoughts on the roster? What have I gotten right? Wrong? Let’s hear it in the comments section.