Several hours later, McCullers learned he will be on the mound for the biggest game in Astros history.
There has been a 13-12 slugfest and two 3-1 pitching duels. Marwin Gonzalez nailed him for the game-preserving, save-blowing homer in Game 2. Unless you’re talking about Game 5. That’s exciting, but it would be nice if Major League Baseball could admit, perhaps after tonight’s deciding game seven, that the baseballs have been altered in some way, because the players know it’s true, have said as much, and there’s no point trying to make the case otherwise.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros will play for a championship in Chavez Ravine on Wednesday night, wrapping up two outstanding seasons in Game 7 – the biggest stage in North American team sports. And to help them do that, the manager of the Astros, A.J. Hinch, has been urging his players to think back to when the Astros were down 3-2 in the American League Championship Series and the determination they had to win that series, which they did.
GOLDMAN: You know, hard to say – I would say that both bullpens have shown signs of fatigue. The Dodgers’ fortunes began to turn when Austin Barnes led off the sixth with a single and Chase Utley was hit by a pitch before Taylor’s two-bagger knotted the score. I think we have two great teams here. And it is likely to be like that again in Game 7.
“I can give you 27 innings”, Kershaw said.
How many World Series Game 7s have there been? There’s no denying the Astros haven’t been as comfortable away from Houston in the postseason.
Instead, the fans booed Gurriel loudly before Hill’s first pitch to him and between each pitch.
Party time in Chavez Ravine, right?
That shifted the tone of the series to an offensive showcase where the likes of Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer bashed and high-fived their way forward. Just a year ago, the Cleveland Indians lost an epic Game 7 at home to the Chicago Cubs.
The Astros threatened in the top of the seventh against Dodgers relief pitcher Tony Watson, but left runners on base for the third straight inning. (7-4, 4.25 ERA) vs. In this season of the home run, these teams have combined for a World Series record 22 blasts. The Astros are bidding for a first title since their inception in 1962. And, of course, it will bring joy to a city that is still recovering nine weeks after Hurricane Harvey.
While McCullers goes for his second World Series victory, Darvish will be seeking redemption for a rough Game 3 start.
While the Lakers won over the hearts of Los Angeles after playing in 16 NBA Finals from 1980 to 2010 and winning 10 championships during that time, the city for many years was simply a Dodgers town after winning five World Series in their first 30 years in the city after moving from Brooklyn before the 1958 season.
But the one pitcher that the Astros have that has a 0.00 ERA they have used a total of five times.