Sunday, January 16, 2022

Leading: Braves make their pitch to shut down Brewers

A look at what’s happening around the Major on Tuesday:

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blankin’ brave

Buoyed by a quick start from Ian Anderson, Braves pitchers have now played 19 straight no-scoring innings against Milwaukee in the NL Division Series.

Christian Yelich, Avicel Garcia and the Brewers have lost two games in a row with identical 3-0 scores. Atlanta lead 2-1 and could win the series at home in Game 4.

Anderson combined with four relievers on a five-hitter in Monday’s win. Milwaukee’s only run in the series came on a two-run homer by Rowdy Tellez in the opener’s eighth inning.

“I thought we had better swing the bat today. Luck was not on our side today and there were a few balls in some key spots. As the game went on, I think first through the order, we might have got a little tougher Will have to be,” Brewers manager Craig Counsel Manager said. “And we obviously have to catch a break.”

As of Monday evening, neither team had announced a starting pitcher for Game 4.

homer happy

We’re seeing all kinds of strategies in the postseason – openers, shifts, four-man outfields and a lot of analytics.

But by far the best way to win? Hit home run.

The teams hitting the most homers through the first 13 playoff games were 11-0 as of Monday afternoon.

MORE MCCULLERS

The Astros have revamped their rotation for the AL Division Series after the rain in Chicago.

Lance McCullers Jr., who closed the White Sox on four hits in 6 2/3 innings in the opener, will now pitch Game 4. Jose Urquidi was set to start for Houston on Monday, but the game was postponed.

Houston leads 2-1 in a best-of-five matchup.

Carlos Rodone is about to start for Chicago, with Game 1 starter Lance Lynn available from Bullpen. He went 13-5 earlier this year with an ERA of 2.37 in 24, but was confined to a stretch due to shoulder pain and fatigue.

a playoff pearl

With every swing, Jock Pedersen raises his nickname – “Jokber”.

Pedersen is all in as a pinch-hitter, scoring 3 for 3 with two home runs for the Braves in the NL Division Series. His three-run drive sent the Braves to a 2-1 lead over Milwaukee in a 3-0 best-of-five matchup on Monday.

Pedersen has scored four of Atlanta’s seven runs in the series.

The 29-year-old outfielder has scored 11 home runs after the season and helped the Los Angeles Dodgers win the World Series last year with his long balls. He then signed as a free agent with the Chicago Cubs over the winter and was traded to Atlanta in July.

“He’s had big moments, big stage, and he’s performed and people appreciate him,” said Brave manager Brian Snitker.

Pedersen has a career .232 in eight big league seasons and hit 170 times in 2015, when he was an All-Star with the Dodgers. He hit a career-high 36 homers in 2019.

Asked how he pulled off a high pitch for Monday’s homer, Pedersen said, “I think I’m a really good player, I don’t know. I knocked it out of the yard.”

Pedersen wore a pearl necklace to his postgame news conference that became part of his uniform later this season. He said that the pearls are genuine and were procured from his jeweler.

“I think I just saw pearls and thought it looked cool,” he said.

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