Back in Houston.

Game 6.

For Houston it’s do or die. For Atlanta, it’s a free game, playing with house money.

After coming back from 4-0 in Game 5, Houston has to be on full-swagger mode.

After being up three games to one in the Championship Series in 2020, only to lose it, Atlanta has to be in freak out mode.

But the Braves won one of two in Houston already, so there’s no reason to think they can’t do it again. And the Braves were up 3-1 against the Dodgers in this year’s Championship Series, lost Game 5, and won Game 6. 

But this is what make the World Series so great. It’s the best baseball can be and is. Every game has meaning. Every at-bat matters. Every pitch is important. And every pitcher stare down to get the sign comes with the payoff of greatness or failure.

As the Series resumes in Houston, the Braves have their only two serviceable starters lined up. The Astros are going with a wing and a prayer. Atlanta has the edge.

But that never matters. Baseball is a game of analytics and stats. But baseball makes up its own numbers. And that’s what makes it great.