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World Series Game 4 Preview/Thread: October 30, 2021, 7:09 CDT, Astros @ Braves

The Astros will look to even the series as the Braves empty their bullpen in Game 4.

MLB: World Series-Houston Astros at Atlanta Braves Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Astros and Braves face off at Truist Park in Atlanta this evening in Game 4 of the World Series, with the home team up 2-1. After starter Ian Anderson tossed five hitless innings in Game 3, the Braves relief corps will be covering Game 4 in its entirety.

Will Smith, A.J. Minter, Tyler Matzek and Luke Jackson, the top relievers in Atlanta’s bullpen, all pitched Friday night, and are expected to appear tonight as well. Game 3 was the second time this series the Astros lineup got a look at the Braves’ high-leverage relievers, which could be advantageous for Houston’s offense as the series progresses.

Astros hitters were shut out last night and barely avoided being no-hit, but they won’t be dealing with Anderson or any other Atlanta starter tonight.

Edit/Update: Jason Castro will miss Game 4.

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  1. Jose Altuve, 2B
  2. Michael Brantley, RF
  3. Alex Bregman, 3B
  4. Yordan Alvarez, LF
  5. Carlos Correa, SS
  6. Kyle Tucker, CF
  7. Yuli Gurriel, 1B
  8. Zack Greinke, P
  9. Martín Maldonado, C


  1. Eddie Rosario, LF
  2. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  3. Ozzie Albies, 2B
  4. Austin Riley, 3B
  5. Joc Pederson, RF
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  7. Adam Duvall, CF
  8. Dansby Swanson, SS
  9. Dylan Lee, P

As displayed in the lineup cards, the pitching matchup is Zack Greinke vs. Dylan Lee. Lee, a rookie left-handed reliever, will merely be an opener for the Braves, while Greinke is expected to be given more of a chance to pitch multiple innings, though it will depend on how well he fares on the mound.

In any case, it’s likely to be a battle of the bullpens. Given how tremendous each unit has been this postseason, tonight’s contest could be another nail-biter.

How to Watch

Friday, October 30th @ 7:09 pm CT

Listen: Astros - KBME 790 AM/94.5 FM HD-2, KTRH 740 AM/99.1 FM HD-2, ESPN Radio, TUDN 93.3/KLAT 1010 / Braves - 680 AM/93.7 FM The Fan, WNNX 100.5, Braves Radio Network, ESPN Radio, La Mejor 1600/1460/1130 AM


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