Friday, September 30, 2022

Javier 3rd to allow consistent draw, HR prowess in the series

ATLANTA (AP) – Christian Javier pivoted after Dansby Swanson drove a 95 mph fastball 0-2 to right field and watched a flyover on the opposite side of the field go over Michael Brantley and an inch or two over 16 -ft brick. wall landing 359 feet away.

Pitch coach Brent Strom walked up to the embankment and striker Jorge Soler walked over to the plate. Javier lost 2-1, and Soler turned the slider all the way to the left. Javier turned the other way and watched as Jordan Alvarez hit the armpit of the 6-foot mesh fence first as the ball whizzed a little higher to deflect the home run.

Javier has been perfect this postseason with 27 strikeouts without making a single attempt. Under 6 inches was the difference between him and the Astros in a 3-2 defeat on Saturday night, leaving Houston in a 3-1 World Series deficit against the Atlanta Braves.

The 24-year-old Dominican right-hander in his second Major League season, Javier made nine starts and 27 substitutions throughout 2021, going 4-1 with a 3.55 ERA.

He excelled in the postseason, with 56 points 2 2/3 inning against the Chicago White Sox in Game 3 of the Division series, seven strikeouts over five innings on a pair of victories over Boston in the championship series, and a four-holdout in Game 2 of the World Series to win. Braves.

Javier became Houston’s fourth runner when he followed Phil Mathon to seventh, maintaining a 2-1 lead. He struck out Adam Duval, but ended up with a third straight set of draws and home runs in streak history.

“He’s really good,” Swanson said. “He’s been incredible this postseason and he obviously has some really great stuff. At that moment, I think the factor of competition is something that has skyrocketed to the limit. “

Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig of the Yankees did the feat with Bill Sherdel of the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of 1928, while Pedro Guerrero and Steve Yeager of L.A. did it with Ron Guidri of the Yankees in Game 5 of 1981. …

Javier has made just four hits this postseason, hitting 15 and a fifth penalty.


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