Austin Riley almost immediately gave the Astros PTSD from the World Series

The Atlanta Braves hosted the Houston Astros for the first time since the World Series, and Austin Riley reminds the Astros why the Braves are the champions.

That Atlanta Braves Host the Houston Astros in a series for the first time since the World Series. Braves third baseman Austin Riley reminded the Astros why they aren’t the champions.

Riley hit a nice three-run homer at the bottom of the third inning to give Atlanta an early 3-0 lead at home.

The Braves celebrated while the Astros certainly looked disappointed.

Atlanta and Houston are both chasing post-season success again, which showed in Friday night’s game. The Astros hit back, but the Braves had too much firepower as Riley’s homer set the tone for a 6-2 win.

Braves and Astros could be on a collision course for another World Series rematch

The Braves and Astros both have a good chance of making it back to the World Series. Both teams are almost guaranteed spots in the playoffs. According to FanGraphs, Atlanta has a 99.8 percent chance of making it and Houston has a 100 percent chance.

Both have average lineups. However, each lineup has a lot of power that contributes to its success. Atlanta has the second best slugging percentage (.445) among any MLB team and the Astros have the fifth best (.428).

Both are just slightly above the league average in terms of batting average and base percentage. However, their rotation makes them likely contenders.

The Astros have the second-best ERA (3.05), opponent’s batting average (.213), and WHIP (1.11). Atlanta is slightly worse with 6th best ERA (3.61), 5th best OBA (0.232) and 10th best WHIP (1.22).

The two teams are certainly entertaining to watch and relive the 2021 World Series. Austin Riley almost immediately gave the Astros PTSD from the World Series

John Verrall

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