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My 9* IL Shocker is on the Atl Braves at 6:35 ET.
The Atlanta Braves opened the 2021 season looking for a FOURTH NL East title (last season led the Dodgers 3-1 in the NLCS before losing THREE in a row), However, as the Braves take the field tonight at Yankee Stadium to conclude a brief two-game IL series, they are just 7-10 after a 3-1 loos in the Bronx last night. The Yankees were favored to win the AL pennant entering 2020 but were just .500 after 42 games of the 60-game schedule. They were able to earn a wild card spot but after beating the Indians, lost in the ALDS to Tampa Bay in a deciding Game 5. Last night's win gives New York just a 6-10 record, leaving them in last-place in the AL East.
Wednesday's pitching matchup will be Atlanta's Ian Anderson (0-0, 4.70 ERA) facing off against New York's Corey Kluber (0-1, 6.10 ERA). Anderson made six starts as a rookie in 2020 and went 3-2 with a 1.95 ERA, striking out 41 and walking only 14 in 32.1 innings (1.08 WHIP). He then made four playoff starts, allowing just two ERs on 11 hits over 18.2 innings (0.96 ERA) with a KW ratio of 24-10 (1.13 WHIP) and an opponent's BA of average .172. Atlanta has won two of his three 2021 starts but he's yet to earn a decision and his numbers are NOT what they were in 2020 (4.70 ERA / 1.43 WHIP / .259 BAA).
Kluber won 18 games three times and 20 games once, in a five-year stretch between 2014-18. He won two Cy Young awards in that span, in 2014 and 2018 (20-7). However, Kluber fractured his right arm after being hit by a line drive during a game against the Miami Marlins on May 1, 2019 and his season ended after just seven starts. Cleveland traded Kluber to the Texas Rangers on July 26, 2020, Kluber made his Rangers debut but lasted just 1 inning after experiencing shoulder tightness. New York signed Kluber to a one-year $11 million contract on January 27, 2021. He's had three starts in 2021, pitching four innings twice, while lasting just 2.1 innings in a third start. He's allowed 16 hits and 10 runs (seven earned) in his 10.1 innings for a 6.10 ERA and 2.23 WHIP.
The Yankees snapped a FIVE-game losing streak last night, by scoring twice in the eighth for a 3-1 win. It marked just their THIRD win in their last 11 games. Kluber takes the mound on six days' rest but he's shown us NOTHING so far in his first three starts! Anderson is off to a so-so start but I believe this guy's "the real deal." He comes into this contest with some "good memories,", as his major-league debut came against the Yankees back on Aug 26 of last season, with him allowing just ONE run (on a solo HR) in six innings of a 5-1 Atlanta win.