Houston Astros' Framber Valdez gets starting nod for World Series Game 1, will be opposed by Atlanta Braves' Charlie Morton

To win the World Series, the Braves defeated the Dodgers 4-2. (1:25).
HOUSTON -- In Game 1 of the World Series' first round, the Houston Astros will face left-hander Framber Vadez from Atlanta. It starts Tuesday night.

Valdez, 27, has had the best start to his postseason. He went eight innings and gave up one run against Boston Red Sox in Game 5. Charlie Morton, the Braves' right-hander, will oppose him.

Dusty Baker, Astros manager, said that he expected a formidable foe on Sunday. "When you look at the last two teams, there is no way to overlook anyone.

"David [the Braves] just killed Goliath. They are a great team."

After missing the ALCS due to forearm tightness, Lance McCullers, Astros righty, has been declared out of the World Series. The decision on Jake Meyers, centerfielder (shoulder), is still pending. The league doesn't require that the Rosters be submitted until Tuesday morning. There are many connections between the Astros & Braves in the series, including one that involves Baker and Braves manager Brian Snitker, as well as the late, great Hank Aaron.

Baker stated that Hank Aaron had hired [Snitker] as a contractor and Hank Aaron was very near to him. It's very special for me to return to Atlanta to participate in the Year of Hank Aaron’s Celebration and the Year of Hank Aaron’s Passing. It will be a fairytale ending for us all.

The two teams also have a strong family connection, with Astros coach Troy Snitker being the son of Braves manager. Since both their teams failed to make the Fall Classic by one game last year, the two have been talking about the possibility of meeting in World Series. The younger Snitker stated, "It's incredible." It's something that we prayed for and hoped would come true. Our family can't imagine anything more than this.

Troy was asked which mom he would root for.

He smiled and said, "I don't know," "I don’t know if she’s going to clap or cry when something happens. She's going to be a mess, my guess.

"It's fun to think of two pennants in one house. The trophy is being brought home by one of us."

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