Dusty Baker Reveals His Trump Card to Win Game 4 for Houston Astros vs Altanta Braves

Published 10/30/2021, 12:45 PM EDT
Oct 29, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) during introductions prior to game three of the 2021 World Series against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports


Following an excellent win over the Atlanta Braves in Game 2, the Houston Astros stumbled in Game 3 of the World Series yesterday. Although their pitchers produced a solid performance, the Braves’ bullpen was significantly better on the day to hand them a narrow 2-0 victory.

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Following the game, Astros manager Dusty Baker revealed 38-year-old Zack Greinke will start Game 4 on the mound.

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Dusty Baker reveals Zack Greinke will start Game 4 of the World Series

During his lengthy career, Greinke became a six-time MLB All-Star. In addition, he won the AL Cy Young Award in 2009, along with six consecutive Gold Glove Awards from 2014 to 2019. He joined the Astros in 2019, the season where the Astros made their last World Series appearance.

Oct 19, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of game four of the 2021 ALCS at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

In this year’s regular season, Greinke scored 120 strikeouts in 171 innings pitched. Along with an ERA of 4.16, the 38-year-old recorded a 11-6 win-loss record. His last postseason appearance came in Game 4 of this year’s ALCS against the Boston Red Sox, where he played just 1.1 innings.

With Game 4 now crucial for the Astros, Baker believes Greinke could help the Astros tie the series. During a press conference after Game 3 yesterday, the 72-year-old revealed the six-time All-Star will start today’s game on the mound.

He said“Yeah, we’re going to go with Greinke tomorrow. If anyone knows how to pitch in a big game, it’s Greinke.”

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Can the Houston Astros bounce back today?

Although the Braves produced a pitching masterclass, the Astros can take heart from the margin of defeat yesterday. In addition, they also faced a similar situation in the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox, which they turned around in the next two games on the road.

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Oct 26, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez (59) is relieved by manager Dusty Baker (12) in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves in game one of the 2021 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

It’s not set in stone that those events will repeat themselves. However, with stars like José Altuve, Carlos Correa and Yordan Álvarez, they have the firepower to tie the series today.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 & US Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He began following F1 since 2010, which made him an instant Sebastian Vettel fan. His favorite tracks on the calendar include Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco and Monza.

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