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Snake Bytes 10/24: Sweet Victory

The Atlanta Braves saved the world from Armageddon. Los Angeles Dodger evil has been defeated. For now. Atlanta will face the Houston Astros in the 2021 World Series.

National League Championship Series Game 6: Los Angeles Dodgers v. Atlanta Braves Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images

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[Yahoo Sports] Braves’ ouster of 106-win Dodgers shows that October rewards ambition - The Braves’ swing at 2021 was nothing like the Dodgers’ dynasty grab, but it may have betrayed even more optimism. Sitting at 51-54, Anthopoulos and the Braves added Rosario, Adam Duvall and Jorge Soler on trade deadline day to go with earlier July acquisition Joc Pederson. By all accounts, they were just looking for a fighting chance in the NL East after losing MVP candidate Ronald Acuña Jr. to a knee injury. It worked. Soler thrived at the top of the order, the New York Mets collapsed, and Atlanta made the playoffs, even if it was with the worst record of any team still standing. They beat the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLDS and steeled themselves for a familiar foe. There was no month of the 2021 season where they were better than the Dodgers, but by refusing to give up on their team, Anthopoulos and company won entrance to the part of the schedule where the gulf between 106 wins and 88 wins effectively evaporates. You only have to be better for four games.

[ESPN] NLCS MVP Eddie Rosario helps send Braves to first World Series since 1999 - The city of Guayama, a small, modest town along the southeastern coast of Puerto Rico, basically shut down on Saturday night. Game 6 of the National League Championship Series was underway, and one of its native sons, Eddie Rosario, was starring in it. “All the businesses, all the restaurants, all the houses — everybody was watching this game,” Rosario’s mother, Maria Haddock, said in Spanish. “The entire town was going crazy over this.” Maria was among roughly 15 people from Rosario’s inner circle who made the trip out to Truist Park this weekend, many of whom flew in from Florida. Her sister’s house, back in Puerto Rico, held more than 40 others. When the Atlanta Braves defeated the heavily favored Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 to advance into their first World Series since 1999 and Rosario was named the series’ MVP, Maria’s phone buzzed without interruption. Rosario’s father, Eddie Sr., said he received more than 100 messages and answered only one, from his brother.

[] Who else? Minter, Matzek fuel ATL ‘pen in G6 - All postseason, [Tyler] Matzek has been Atlanta’s circuit breaker, its fail-safe, but never more so than in its 4-2 victory over the Dodgers on Saturday night to win the NL pennant. He and fellow lefty A.J. Minter combined to record a dozen of the game’s most crucial outs, preventing the specter of a Los Angeles comeback from metamorphosing into reality. After Minter delivered two perfect innings in relief of starter Ian Anderson, Luke Jackson entered and allowed a double, a walk and another double — that one placing the tying runs on base. Having seen enough, Braves manager Brian Snitker called upon Matzek, who had appeared in each of Atlanta’s first eight postseason games before earning a night of rest in Thursday’s Game 5.

[Talking Chop] Freddie Freeman on the Braves’ wild ride to the World Series - “Yeah, this feels pretty good. I think this might be the definition of pure joy,” Freeman said after the game. “It really is. I don’t really know how to feel. Usually we’re sitting in our locker and just thinking about the whole season and getting ready for next year, and we actually did it.” “Going from 97 losses six years ago to doing this, it’s special, and to lose, in my opinion, the best player in the National League and we’re up here going to the World Series without Ronald Acuña Jr., It’s amazing what this team did.” The Braves fell to a season-worst five games under .500 on June 16 and were eight games behind in the division. They didn’t climb above .500 until August a couple of weeks after Alex Anthopoulos acquired reinforcements at the trade deadline. There was talk of selling going into the All-Star break but that wasn’t something that Atlanta’s front office ever considered.