The entire MLB community got what they wanted last night when the Dodgers beat the Astros to force a winner-take-all game 7.
Dave Roberts continued to use the formula that got the Dodgers to the World Series. Rich Hill did not pitch a third time through the Astros lineup. The core-four of the Dodgers bullpen took over in the 5th and did not allow a single run. Morrow, Watson, Maeda, and Jansen combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings while only allowing three baserunners.
The offense was produced by unlikely heroes, again as Joc Pederson delivered his third home run of the World Series. Chris Taylor is quickly becoming a superstar in his own right and got the Dodgers on the board in the 6th, and that chased Verlander out of the game.
We’ve seen it all season long. Every game someone different steps up for this team. I keep referencing back to Joe Davis’ call at the end of a game in August where Puig hit a walk-off double:
"“It’s not a matter of it, it’s a matter of who and when.”"
Nothing has changed for the Dodgers in the postseason. We saw Justin Turner deliver in game 2 of the NLDS. Kike Hernandez delivered in game 5 of the NLCS. And now we’ve seen Joc Pederson deliver in game 2, 4, and 6 of the World Series. With such a collective team effort to get the Dodgers in this game-clinching position, who should be the World Series MVP?