The Astros want to break a long streak in Major League Baseball: Since the 2013 Boston Red Sox were riveted at Fenway Park, no team has locked down the World Series at home.
In 2019, when the Washington Nationals beat the Houston Astros for the championship, they not only failed to win the World Series at home, they never won a single game in Washington.
Atlanta missed a chance to win the championship in front of their fans at Truist Park – 7-0 this season until Sunday – but Manager Brian Snitker has said that if he wins, he won’t care where his team ultimately wins.
“I don’t care where we are,” he said. “If we win the World Series, it doesn’t matter where. I would love to do it in front of our fans. We hope to achieve this in the coming days,” he said.
If Atlanta wins a championship tonight, it will be without a key pincer kick as Ehire Adrianza is paternity-listed before Game 6 so she can attend the birth of her child.
Adrianza didn’t make much of an impact last season – he was 1 in 10 in 10 games. His only hit, however, was a two-by-four against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, which came one shot before Eddie Rosario’s game-changing (and largely series-rending) three-run forward homer off. Walker Buehler.
During the regular season, Adrianza appeared as a pinch hitter in 72 games, hitting .250 (16 for 64) with three home runs and 12 RBIs in those matches.
Adrianza was replaced by Johan Camargo, who has 4 points 0 on Atlanta’s roster this season.
Even as the World Series returns to Houston for Game 6 tonight (and potentially Game 7 on Wednesday), this should all sound familiar by now.
Who: Atlanta Braves vs Houston Astros
What: Game 6 of the 117th World Series
When: 20:09 eastern time
To where: Minute Maid Park, Houston
To watch: The game will be broadcast by Fox and streamed on FoxSports.com, as well as streaming services like FuboTV, Hulu Live, and YouTube TV.
What is at stake: Atlanta leads the series two-three game lead, while the Braves are one win away from the franchise’s first title since 1995. A Houston win will push a decisive Game 7 Wednesday night as the Astros seek their first title since 2017.