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Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Charlie Morton will start in Game 1 of the World Series in Houston on Tuesday against his former team, the Houston Astros. Morton pitched for Houston in both 2017 and 2018 and earned the win for the Astros in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers by tossing the final four innings. The veteran right-hander also faced the Astros in the 2019 Division Series and the 2020 American League Championship Series. Morton has pitched well in three starts for Atlanta this postseason, posting a 3.77 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings, but the Astros will be a tough task on the road. It will be the third time in the last five years that Morton has pitched in the World Series, each time for a different team.
Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is hitting second for Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday. The veteran had hit second in the lineup for the entirety of the series against the Los Angeles Dodgers before Atlanta's Game 5 loss when he hit third behind outfielder Eddie Rosario and second baseman Ozzie Albies. Rosario is once again hitting leadoff with Albies batting third after Freeman against Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler. In 401 plate appearances batting second during the regular season, the first baseman hit .300 with a .399 on-base percentage, a 137 wRC+, and 17 home runs.
Atlanta Braves outfielder Eddie Rosario is hitting leadoff on Thursday in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers and right-handed opener Joe Kelly. Rosario previously hit fifth in Atlanta's Game 4 win with shortstop Dansby Swanson batting leadoff. The outfielder hit .259 with a .305 on-base percentage, 14 home runs, and 11 stolen bases in 412 plate appearances during the regular season. He's reached base 11 times in his last three games against the Dodgers, collecting a pair of four-hit games in the process.
Atlanta Braves outfielder Jorge Soler returned to the team's roster for the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers for Game 5 on Thursday after being cleared from MLB's COVID-19 list. Soler will replace top prospect Cristian Pache on the NLCS roster for the remainder of the series. Soler hasn't played in the postseason since testing positive for the virus before Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Milwaukee Brewers on Oct. 12. He was required to produce two negative tests at the end of his 10-day quarantine. Soler isn't in the starting lineup for Game 5 against Dodgers relief opener Joe Kelly, but Soler can provide Atlanta with a powerful bat off the bench later in the game, if needed.
Atlanta Braves outfielder Eddie Rosario is starting in left field and batting fifth on Wednesday in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series. Rosario is hitting .400 with a .464 on-base percentage in 27 plate appearances this postseason. He's been particularly productive as of late, with five hits and a pair of walks in his last 10 plate appearances. The outfielder previously hit leadoff in the first three games of the series but will bat fifth against Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias. In 120 plate appearances against left-handed pitching during the regular season, Rosario hit .265 with a .288 on-base percentage, a 76 wRC+, and a .651 OPS.