World Series Game 6: Braves’ Ozzie Albies slump in batting order amid playoff crisis
HOUSTON – One of the big stories in Game 5 of the World Series was the Astros dropping struggling Alex Bregman from his usual third place in the lineup. He also ended up delivering an RBI brace, while hitting the No.7 hole for Houston. Could something similar happen with Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies in Game 6?
Albies has reached third in every game so far in the playoffs. Since going 2 for 5 in Game 1 of this series, however, Albies is 1 for 13 with five strikeouts. He will reach seventh place on Tuesday night (follow here for live updates), coincidentally at the same spot the Astros dropped off Bregman.
“He does a bit of a fight,” manager Brian Snitker said. “We just want to change the look.”
Here is the Braves lineup for Game 6:
1. Eddie Rosario, LF
2. Jorge Soler, DH
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Austin Riley, 3B
5. Adam Duvall, CF
6. Joc Pederson, RF
7. Ozzie Albies, 2B
8. Travis d’Arnaud, C.
9. Dansby Swanson, SS
Albies, 24, hit 0.259 / 0.310 / 0.488 (105 OPS +) with 40 doubles, seven triples and 30 homers in the regular season, which is the line of an extra-base machine. However, in his last 12 playoff games this year, he only got one more hit, a brace in Game 6 of the NLCS. It hits just 0.271 during this time.
Albies is still a valuable defensive player even when he’s not hitting, but the Braves could certainly use his bat to help them win their first World Series title since 1995. The trick worked for Dusty Baker, Bregman and the Astros. for Game 5. Snitker and the Braves are hoping for a similar breakthrough from Albies.