ATLANTA – The 1956 World Series was the first in the life of Brian Sniker. Don Larsen played a great game for the Yankees at the time and this is one of the more indelible moments in the history of baseball. All these years later, no passer has thrown another one without a hit in the World Series.
On Friday night, in the 3rd game of this World Series, Ian Anderson kept the Houston Astros goalless in five innings at Truist Park. Snicker, the Atlanta Braves coach, withdrew Anderson from the game.
It wasn’t a move Casey Stengel would have made that golden afternoon in the Bronx long ago. Snitker admitted that this was not a move he would have made until recently.
“I, who had it in the past, probably a few years ago, would have been,‘ How the hell am I doing this? ’’ Quite honestly, ”Snitker said after the 2-0 win that brought Atlanta two games against one. lead. “But the number of pitches was such that he didn’t go in nine substitutions.”
Anderson threw 76 pitches, just 39 for shots, with three walks and a shot in five innings. In fact, he was less like Larsen and more like Bill Bevens, the star-studded Yankee, who made 10 walks in Game 4 of the 1947 World Series before losing a no-hit offer – and a game – with two outs in the ninth. .
Bevens ’number of pitches is lost in time, but he was 30 years old and his arm never recovered; he relieved himself in the 7th game and then never qualified for the main championship again. No modern manager would recklessly risk a player’s future in pursuit of an underpowered World Series player, so Anderson never had a chance.
Only three other beginners were dragged away untouched without hitting the World Series – two due to injuries (John Tudor in 1988 and David Wells in 2003) and one (Curly Ogden in 1924) because his manager essentially used him as bait to defeat the opposition . Anderson’s trip was the longest unbeaten start in the World Series since Larsen’s.
It will never last long. If he hadn’t lifted Anderson after five substitutions, Snitker said, he would certainly have done so after six. The Atlanta’s top four relievers each had two days off, Snitker explained, and Anderson threw a lot of pitch at the top of the Astros ’lineup, which is expected to lead the sixth.
Snitker has taken the prevailing approach to bulpen management, in which relievers are more peacekeepers than firefighters. Why flirt with potential problems when a beginner has already done his job?
“There’s a reason for that,” said Tyler Matzek, who followed AJ Minter and Luke Jackson and lost without a hit in the single left by Aledmys Diaz and leading eighth. “Guys, representative office, Snit, we’ve all thought a few times about what the game’s scenario is so we can win. Obviously, the game’s scenario is real. “
The beauty of the sport, of course, is that there isn’t really a script; the performers try to carry out the manager’s plan as the opponent tries to weaken it. There is always the possibility that a player will be better than his team could have expected. When this happens in an environment like the World Series, fans want to believe they might see another Larsen.
Who could forget the disappointment in Game 6 of the World Series last fall when Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash pulled Blake Snell in the sixth inning while facing an elimination? Snell was completely dominant with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who were thrilled to see him go to tired reliever Nick Anderson. The Dodgers immediately came forward and won the title.
In this case, however, Cash’s mistake was to trust the wrong unloader: Nick Anderson was tormented and the Dodgers wanted to see him. The Astros weren’t so thrilled to see Ian Anderson’s departure, knowing they would make the Atlantis bulpen just as stingy.
“They have very good acting staff everywhere,” said Alex Bregman, who in ninth place discarded a single against the replacement of Will Smith. “No matter who’s coming, you have to stay focused and locked.”
Especially if those metalheads are Minter, Jackson, Matzek and Smith. Jackson looks sharp again after a grueling series of champions in the state league, and the other three were too strong throughout the offseason, with a combined average of 1,10 games earned and 43 shots in 32 ⅔ substitutions.
The 23-year-old Anderson scored without a goal in the sixth inning of his Premier League debut against the Yankees in August last year. However, he said he doesn’t remember ever throwing a perfect game without a punch at Clifton Park High School in NY.
“I knew he wasn’t going to back down,” Anderson said. “It is hard. On the back come guys like Matzek and Minter and Luke and Will, you can’t blame him for going to these guys. These guys, time and time, do it. “
Beginners worked less and less this October, which is understandable at the end of a long season that follows a very short one. But what we saw in Game 3 was mostly related to the development of pitching.
Technology helps coaches identify the right areas of focus for each player. Armed with knowledge of what they should use and why, it has more throwers than ever before to hit short bursts. The best teams like Atlanta have a lot of these throwers.
Ten years ago – or say in 1956 – the starting player was probably the best coaching option deep in the game. He may not be there now, even if he didn’t allow a single hit.
“I don’t know,” Snitker said almost apologetically. “Today we had all our boys abandoned. I liked the way it was set up. “
It has put Atlanta at the forefront of the World Series and that is – more than matching milestones from decades ago – all that really matters.