The Colorado Rockies had a few links to the 2021 Postseason, despite not being in the postseason themselves. They had seven former players in the postseason but they still have three remaining and they are all on the same team: The Atlanta Braves.
The Atlanta Braves will face the Houston Astros in the 2021 World Series starting on Tuesday evening.
The three players are Walt Weiss, Eric Young, Sr., and Tyler Matzek. Weiss was the Rockies manager from 2013 through 2016 and played for the Rockies from 1994 through 1997. Eric Young, Sr. played with the Rockies from 1993 through 1997 and coached for the Rockies (under Weiss) from 2014 through 2016.
Matzek was drafted by the Rockies in the first round of the 2009 Draft and played in the Rockies minor league system or in the majors through 2015. After dealing with injuries and anxiety, Matzek did not pitch in the major leagues until last season with the Braves. This season, he has been one of their best and most reliable relievers.
On our most recent episode of the Rox Pile Rockies Report, Kevin Henry and I discuss why we each are hoping the Atlanta Braves will win the World Series. We also discuss how some fans are torn between the Braves and the Houston Astros.
We also talk extensively about how some managers have made some questionable decisions this season (and last season). This is particularly evident with some of the usages of their pitchers.
The Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Angeles Dodgers, and Tampa Bay Rays have been the biggest offenders of that this postseason and, frankly, those moves may have cost their respective teams a shot at being in the World Series or, at least, making it to their respective league’s Championship Series.
Some teams (including team GMs, like Atlanta’s Alex Anthopoulos) act like they want to win the World Series, and some act like they are playing a game in April.
Who will you be rooting for in the World Series? If this Twitter poll by our friends over at Purple Row is any indication, many of you are rooting for the Braves.
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