November hath come to the World Series, which means we’re looking at the last thirty of so hours of the baseball season. It’s the first World Series to stretch into November since 2017, and if the Astros can force their second attempt at a winner-take-all Game 7, it’ll be the latest clincher since the last two times the Yankees won the World Series, with the 2001 and 2011 series being the only to stretch all the way to November 4th.
Max Fried starts on a regular schedule for Atlanta looking for redemption after a Game 2 beating, while Luis Garcia takes the bump on short rest for Houston. Garcia labored through three and two-third innings in a Game 3 loss, allowing only one run but walking four while Ian Anderson no-hit the Astros offense.
Following yesterday’s off day, just about all bullpen hands should be on deck for both sides. If Fried falters early, he won’t have to eat five innings like he did in Game 2, and either way, we’ll almost certainly see some combination of Tyler Matzek, Luke Jackson, and Will Smith in action. Ryan Pressly and Cristian Javier have been used sparsely in the series so far, expect both of them to get some burn as everything comes down to the wire.
On Atlanta’s side of the lineup equation, Eddie Rosario moves back into the leadoff spot after spending Game 5 in the five-hole. Meanwhile the return of the DH for the final two games means that Atlanta has the benefit of having all three of Rosario, Joc Pederson, and Jorge Soler in their lineup:
On Houston’s end, Jose Siri makes his way into the lineup as Yordan Alvarez slides back into his natural home at DH, otherwise, their standard order remains more or less unchanged:
Astros’ Game 6 lineup pic.twitter.com/FoTbpdz3Gu— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) November 2, 2021
Game time is 7:09 p.m. CT on Fox TV and ESPN radio.