The Atlanta Braves came out of the gate hammering Framber Valdez, posting 5 runs in just over two innings. While it might seem like the Braves have a huge advantage over the Astros, they lost Charlie Morton in the process, which might prove to be lethal in this series.
Jorge Soler and the rest of the Atlanta offense came ready for the often-time deadly Valdez. They sure had the scouting report on him, as they were ready to pound his fastball and force him to throw his hook early in the game. Jorge Soler got the party started with a leadoff homer, the first in any World Series ever. The offense never looked back, putting the nail in the coffin on a homer from Adam Duvall that would end Framber's night.
At that point, the game seemed pretty much over, even though it was just the third inning. The crowd was out of it, and everything seemed to be going Atlanta's way. Houston finally got some runs on the board, but by then it was too late.
The big story to the game, which you would probably think would go the Braves' way, was Braves ace Charlie Morton exiting the game with an issue with his right fibula. At first it seemed pretty minor, as he had first aggravated it on a line drive that went off of his fibula, but went on to throw fifteen more pitches before exiting after a strikeout of Jose Altuve.
When Charlie planted his foot on the pitch, he seemed to lose balance and showed some discomfort afterward. He called the trainer out to the mound to check him out and was removed from the game after just 2 1/3 innings pitched.
After the game, the Braves reported that the game 1 starter would not appear for the rest of the World Series, but will be back for Spring Training of next year. This is a huge blow that the Braves were not expecting to take, and could potentially take them out of the series.
Atlanta might have won game one, but they have been dealing with injuries to the pitching staff already, having to scratch youngster Huscar Ynoa from his start in the NLCS, and if he can't pitch in this series the Braves only have Max Fried and Ian Anderson to rely on.
Sure, they have been pitching well, but you just can't rely on two starters throughout a series where if one thing goes wrong, you have no plan to close out the series.
Look for the Astros to jump on this opportunity, especially if they can get a good start from Jose Urquidy, as they don't want to fall down two games to none early.