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How the Atlanta Braves defied the odds to win the World Series
Nov 5, 2021, 3:16:00 AM

How the Atlanta Braves defied the odds to win the World Series

Three months after Ronald Acuña suffered a season-ending knee injury, the Atlanta Braves managed to win the World Series. Acuña was the centrepiece but they used him as the motivation to guide them to their first title since 1995. Let’s dive into how they defied the odds.

The Acuña injury was huge for the Braves as they thought he was the one who would take them to the promised land. During the preseason, the Braves were tapped as World Series favourites but injuries and off-the-field issues displaced Acuña, Mike Soroka, and Marcell Ozuna from the squad.

Thankfully, the Braves made some sterling moves at the trade deadline. They transformed themselves into a threat in the last two months of the season. With the momentum they built up during that time, they managed to roll through the playoffs including the World Series. This was an unexpected result just a few months ago but as the playoffs rolled on, the Braves were in control.

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The Braves banked on Soler

Jorge Soler was the best player on the field during the World Series hence he won the MVP award. He had experience at the World Series since he won his first title with the Chicago Cubs a few years ago. As the designated hitter, Soler stepped up for the Braves and he kept making significant hits that took them to the title.

Soler himself was not confident with his start to the 2021 season with the Kansas City Royals but he turned it around with the Braves. He said, ‘I got off to a rough start at the beginning of the season, and I felt like I started to heat up a little bit before the Trade Deadline. I was traded over here and it was challenging at first. I felt a little out of my comfort zone. I didn't really know people. It was kind of tough to go to a new place and start making those acquaintances and everything’.

In just a few weeks, Soler felt right at home in the Braves clubhouse. He felt welcomed which he used to lift him to become a top player for the Braves.

They did not fold under the pressure

Seeing three players go down due to injury is not a good sign for any team but the Braves did not give up. They were under pressure to be called the busts of the 2021 season but they made some savvy trades and they kept in step with the other teams.

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman captured it perfectly when he talked about how they kept themselves up after a tough first half of the season. He said that they hit every bump but they came back swinging.

The 2021 Braves are a fantastic team and their never-say-die attitude will be remembered for a long time.

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Words: Cholo Martin

Image: PA