With the World Series tied at a game apiece and the series shifting to Atlanta, the Braves will turn to their somehow-still-rookie, 23-year-old starting pitcher Ian Anderson in hopes he will continue the spectacular work he's done in the Postseason thus far in his young career.
Anderson has yet to make a start in the World Series, but in his first seven Postseason starts dating back to 2020, he's 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA and 36 strikeouts. He's only the third pitcher in baseball history to put up such numbers to begin a Postseason career.
With Charlie Morton now out for the series after his injury in Game 1 and Max Fried not able to start again until at least Game 5, the Braves desperately need Anderson to continue his stellar Postseason work, even if it has been historic to this point. While it may seem unsustainable to quite the level Anderson has shown so far, there's also no reason to expect anything but what he's shown you he does in the Postseason.
As crazy as it sounds, there's nobody I'd rather have on the mound for the Braves tonight than Anderson. He puts up his best performances when the lights are brightest and never will they be brighter than tonight.
First World Series game in Atlanta in the 21st century. Let's take a 2-1 lead.