2021 World Series Game 4: Best moments from Houston Astros vs. Atlanta Braves

In Game 3 of the 2021 World Series, Atlanta Braves starter Ian Anderson stole the show with five no-hit innings against the Houston Astros. The Braves won the game and took a 2-1 series lead.

The Braves’ decision to go to the bullpen while Anderson was throwing a no-hitter was hotly debated, but Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said it was a personal feeling, not the analytics that suggested Anderson shouldn’t face the top of the Houston lineup a third time.

“I was just like, ‘Ian, I’m going with my gut right here. Just my eyes, my gut,'” Snitker said about his decision to pull Anderson during the no-hit bid.

What’s the gut saying about Game 4? The numbers say a few things. The Braves are 6-0 at home this postseason. According to ESPN Stats & Information, only three teams have won seven straight home games in a single postseason. Those three teams — the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies, 2015 Kansas City Royals and 2017 Astros — all won the championship. If the Braves make it to a record 8-0 at home, they’ll win the series.

This postseason, however, Houston has been at its best coming off a loss. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Astros are 3-1, averaging 7.3 runs per game following losses in the 2021 playoffs.

The Game 4 pitching matchup is one of the most unusual we will ever see in a World Series game. Braves starter Dylan Lee is easily the most anonymous, least accomplished pitcher to start a World Series game.

On the other side is Zack Greinke, who leads active pitchers in innings pitched. Greinke started once in the ALCS and lasted just four outs, inducing no swings-and-misses in the 37 pitches he threw. Frankly, he hasn’t pitched well since mid-August and while he’s a starter in pedigree, like Lee he probably won’t be expected to last long.

Indeed, let’s see how far each manager wants to go here. Expect lots of bullpen innings from both sides.

Guts? Numbers? More wine? Which will reign supreme? Here are the best moments from Game 4:

Atlanta can rest easy

The pearl necklace worn by Braves outfielder Joc Pederson has become the accessory du jour for the postseason. The necklace got noticed in early October when Pederson was wearing it when he crushed a three-run homer to beat the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 3 of the NLDS.

“I take them off when I sleep,” Pederson said on Oct. 11. “I got them through my jeweler. And, yes, they’re real pearls.”

But, in Game 3 of the World Series, the necklace broke. Stephanie Apstein of Sports Illustrated reported that Pederson had his jeweler flown to Atlanta with a replacement.

And, to a sigh of relief to the superstitious, Pedersen has his pearls for Game 4.

Greinke in great company

In the National League park, the pitcher bats. Greinke will bat eighth in the lineup, ahead of catcher Martin Maldonado. That spot in the lineup puts Greinke in some rare company.

Greinke only had two at-bats this season. He is a career-.225 hitter.

Pregame looks

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