The Dodgers forced a game 7 after last night’s win. Looking at the probable starting pitchers, it should continue the narrative for a great game on a great series.
So here we are. Entering the final game of the 2017 Major League Baseball season, and exhausted beyond belief. The Dodgers and Astros, two of the biggest teams in baseball met and have slugged it out for six long, grueling games. And it all comes down to this.
One final game to determine who will be parading the World Series trophy through their city. So who will it be? Well, looking at the probable starters makes us think it should be yet another nail-biting game.
Yu Darvish is ready to make his second start of the World Series. Darvish was extremely disappointing in his last start in Houston, only going 1 2/3 innings while allowing four earned runs. He got hammered early on, allowing six hits and really struggled to find the strike zone in general. When he did find the strike zone, it was usually a ball elevated right over the middle of the plate. So yea, he got hit hard. But if there is an upside to that horrible game, it’s that Darvish only threw 49 pitches, so he should be well rested.
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On the other side, the Astros will roll with Lance McCullers again. McCullers will be pitching on five days rest after throwing in game three against Darvish. McCullers has been great all post-season long, with a 2.95 earned run average in 18 1/3 innings of work. His toughest outing was, in fact, his last against the Dodgers, where he gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings. It’s worth noting that two of those three runs did not come until the sixth inning after McCullers was relieved by Peacock.
So which of these two really has the advantage going in? Well, to be honest, it seems to be about even. While McCullers had a much better outing, he also threw almost twice as many pitches. And on the other hand, Darvish really did not look sharp at all. So it will really come down to how long each guy can go before handing the ball off to the next guy. Either way, it should make for one amazing end to a fantastic 2017 season.
Look for both sides to come out aggressive early on, especially the Astros looking to pounce on Darvish’s fastball. McCullers is well known for going to his curveball often so that patience will be critical to the Dodgers’ success. Their patience and ability to get on base by any means necessary have been their recipe for success all year long. Whatever the outcome is, I know I speak for many baseball fans when I say, this is exactly what we wanted. Game 7 between the two best teams in baseball.