“The Utmost Trust” – Atlanta Braves Hero Ian Anderson Does Not Hold Grudges Despite Early Exit Against Houston Astros

Published 10/30/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
Oct 29, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Ian Anderson (36) has his hat and glove checked after the top of the third inning against the Houston Astros during game three of the 2021 World Series at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports


Ian Anderson stole the show for the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of the World Series yesterday. The 23-year-old featured as their starting pitcher for the first time in this best-of-seven series and used this opportunity to make quite the impression.

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In five innings played, Anderson scored four strikeouts and, more impressively, didn’t concede a single hit. Despite his performance, Braves manager Brian Snitker pulled him from the game after the fifth inning. After the Braves notched a 2-0 victory, the 23-year-old admitted he didn’t have any problems with Snitker’s decision.

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Ian Anderson admits he trusts the Atlanta Braves bullpen

Following an injury to Charlie Morton in Game 1, the Braves needed their bullpen to step up. Yesterday, Anderson did just that, producing five innings of sheer brilliance on the mound. In his maiden World Series appearance as a starting pitcher, the 23-year-old restricted the Astros hitters significantly as the Braves kept their lead intact.

Oct 29, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Ian Anderson (36) throws against the Houston Astros during game three of the 2021 World Series at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

In a stunning move, Snitker pulled Anderson from the game following the end of the fifth inning. Following the game, the 23-year-old pitcher admitted he trusted Snitker and the Braves’ depth in pitching talent.

He said“It was fine. I have the utmost trust in Snit and the bullpen, those guys coming in. I mean, you don’t have a nickname if you’re not shut down like they are. So, I have all the trust in the world for them.”

While many wondered why he did so, Snitker revealed he went with his gut, with an eye towards the upcoming games.

He said“It could have backfired, I guess. I just thought at that point in time, in this game of this magnitude, that he had done his job. And we had a bullpen that, all the guys we used had two days off and they were only going to pitch an inning a piece. That made them available for the next two games after if it went south.”

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Game 4 to take place later today

While the Braves produced an excellent performance yesterday, they will need to be wary of a strong response from the Astros.

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Oct 29, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley (center) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Houston Astros during game three of the 2021 World Series at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Game 4, which is later today will be the second of three World Series games to take place in Truist Park. Will the Braves continue their momentum to move 3-1 up? Or will the Astros peg them back with a plan of their own?

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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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