The Braves and Astros are putting a lot of faith in a pair of rookies.
With the World Series tied at 1-1, each time will be starting a pair of rookie starting pitchers, with Atlanta handing the ball to Ian Anderson and Houston turning to Luis Garcia.
Anderson, fresh off his first full MLB season, has been a dominant postseason pitcher. He shined in four starts in the 2020 postseason and has continued that run in 2021 as the Braves have won each of his three starts. In his postseason career, he has a career 1.47 ERA in 30.2 innings with 36 strikeouts and 14 walks.
After a 2020 regular season that will warrant AL Rookie of the Year consideration, Garcia has struggled through his first three postseason starts. He was unable to pitch out of the third in any outing and allowed 10 earned runs in 5.2 innings. However, he bounced back in Game 6 of the ALCS as he held the Red Sox scoreless in 5.2 innings with one hit and one walk with seven strikeouts.
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Braves vs. Astros live updates, highlights from 2021 World Series
9:32 p.m. End of Third: Garcia gets d’Arnaud to go around at strike three, and he limits the damage to just one run. Braves strand the bases loaded.
9:28 p.m.: Garcia picks up another huge out as Duvall pops out to Gurriel in foul territory for the second out. d’Arnaud due up.
9:25 p.m.: Soler holds up in time and Duvall will now bat with the bases loaded. Pitching coach Brent Strom comes out to talk to Garcia.
9:21 p.m. Braves’ scoring play: Riley delivers again, driving a base hit inside the third-base line and past a diving Bregman to score Rosario. Riley at second with a double, Freeman held up at third. Braves take a 1-0 lead.
9:19 p.m.: Filthy changeup gets Albies out in front for the first out of the inning. Garcia is now a double play away from getting out of the jam.
9:13 p.m.: Freeman lines a base hit into center, and the Braves now have runners on first and second with no one out for Albies.
9:11 p.m.: This time, Rosario checks his swing enough to take the full-count walk. He’s on to start the inning with Freeman coming up to bat.
9:05 p.m. End Top Third: No debate on this swing: Altuve can’t hold up as he tries to check his swing on a high fastball.
9:03 p.m.: Garcia grounds out to second on the first pitch he sees, and Anderson has picked up a quick two outs.
9:02 p.m.: Martin Maldonado grounds one softly to Riley at third for the first out.
8:57 p.m. End of Second: Anderson goes down swinging to end the inning.
8:55 p.m.: Astros choose to intentionally walk Swanson, bringing Anderson up to the plate with two out and two aboard.
8:54 p.m.: Travis d’Arnaud ropes a double into right, bouncing it off the wall at an estimated 355 feet to give the Braves a two-out baserunner.
8:51 p.m.: Adam Duvall scorches a grounder — 104.2 mph, the hardest hit ball in this game so far — but it’s right at Bregman, who throws him out at first.
8:48 p.m.: Another Brave is called out on a checked swing as this time the first-base umpire rings up Soler.
8:44 p.m. End Top Second: Yuli Gurriel is caught looking at strike three on a changeup to retire the side.
8:42 p.m.: Kyle Tucker also lifts a high fly to right, this one caught by Riley, who was shifted heavy to the right.
8:39 p.m.: Carlos Correa starts the second by flying out to Jorge Soler in right.
8:35 p.m. End of First: Luis Garcia works back from a 3-0 count to Austin Riley to get the Braves’ third baseman swinging to end the inning.
8:31 p.m.: Ball outside and Ozzie Albies reaches first with a two-out walk.
8:27 p.m.: Freddie Freeman flies out to Alvarez in left.
8:27 p.m.: Home plate umpire Tom Hallion doesn’t need a third-base umpire to appeal the call. He rings up Eddie Rosario on a swinging strike three.
8:20 p.m. End Top First: Yordan Alvarez flies out to left to end the top half of the inning.
8:19 p.m.: Second walk issued in the inning by Anderson as Bregman lays off a ball in the dirt.
8:16 p.m.: Grounder back to the mound off the bat of Michael Brantley is fielded by Ian Anderson, and he starts the 1-6-3 double play.
8:14 p.m.: Jose Altuve takes a ball low to lead off the game with a walk.
8:12 p.m.: The first pitch is low for a ball, and Game 3 is underway.
8:02 p.m.: Braves honor Hank Aaron before the start of the game. Hank Aaron Jr. threw out the first pitch.
7:45 p.m.: As first pitch nears, here’s a look at the starting lineups for the two teams.
7:24 p.m.: Braves are saying the World Series game will start on time.
7:06 p.m.: For those concerned about the start of the game, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi offers some promising news.
Great news: Rain has stopped for now at Truist Park. Optimism is high that World Series Game 3 will be played tonight. @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) October 29, 2021
World Series start time today
The World Series Game 3 first pitch between the Astros and Braves is set for 8:09 p.m. ET on Friday.
How to watch the 2021 World Series
- TV channel (U.S.): Fox
- TV channel (Canada): Sportsnet
- Live stream: fuboTV
All the World Series games will be broadcast on Fox in the United States, and on Sportsnet in Canada. On the Fox broadcast, Joe Buck will handle play-by-play with John Smoltz providing analysis in the booth and reporters Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci at field level.
Streamers can find the game on the Fox Sports Go app, or by using fuboTV, which comes with a seven-day free trial.
World Series schedule 2021
|Date||Game||Start time||TV channel|
|Tue., Oct. 26||Braves 6, Astros 2|
|Wed., Oct. 27||Astros 7, Braves 2|
|Fri., Oct. 29||Astros at Braves, Game 3||8:09 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Sat., Oct. 30||Astros at Braves, Game 4||8:09 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Sun., Oct. 31||Astros at Braves, Game 5||8:15 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Tue., Nov. 2||Braves at Astros, Game 6*||8:09 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Wed., Nov. 3||Braves at Astros, Game 7*||8:09 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|