Yesterday, Michael Harris II and the Atlanta Braves literally laid out the red carpet as they began defense of their 2021 World Series Championship. Unfortunately, the Philadelphia Phillies were the team that played with a championship swagger throughout Game One, pulling out a 7-6 victory to take a 1-0 series in the American League Division Series.
Tuesday marked the 12th consecutive road game for the Phillies, but unfortunately Money Mike and the young Braves were unable to take advantage. The Braves gave up runs early and often, a recipe for disaster against Philly. The Phillies were 56-21 in the regular season when they scored first, and the streak continued into the postseason.
Coming into yesterday’s game, Harris, the frontrunner for National League Rookie of the Year, was slashing .185/.241/.259 over his last seven games. His struggles followed him into the postseason, as Harris went 0-for-4 in his playoff debut.
What was most surprising about the performance was Harris leaving three men on base in the process of going 0-for-4. This season, Michael has hit .383 with runners in scoring position, which was third best in the Bigs. Fellow Rookie Vaughn Grissom was called on to pinch hit in his playoff debut, but unfortunately the result was a strikeout.
Both bros will have plenty of more opportunities to make some playoff history and contribute to a possible ATL repeat.