Congratulations to the Houston Astros!!!
For the second straight year we really got spoiled by the World Series. Other than the late start times on the East Coast, it’s tough for the casual fan to find too much to complain about with this seven-game masterpiece of a finale. Game 1 was a superbly played 2 hour, 28 minute throwback. Game 2 might have been the best baseball game I have ever watched with bunches of homers coming late in an 11 inning game. Game 3 was thrilling for me personally because I somehow forecasted a lot of what went on in that night’s pitching matchup. Game 5 was a dizzying display of power hitting that provided plenty of drama and lead changes while ending in a 13-12 extra innings final. Game 7 was probably the biggest snooze of the series, but it still had Game 7 intensity!
So thank you to the Astros and the Dodgers for providing a thrilling conclusion to a unique season. In 2017 we saw the return of the long ball as well as some truly prolific rookie players. The Dodgers and Indians had some of the hottest streaks we have ever seen. The All-Star game came to the nation’s capital. It was an historic season to be sure. For the Astros, this season started in West Palm Beach back in February as they opened a new shared facility with the Washington Nationals. I hope to catch some Nats-‘Stros action down there next Spring.
Just a few curious items from last night’s Game 7:
- Yu Darvish was atrocious for the second straight start after a very good regular season as well as two terrific outings in the ALDS and ALCS. Did he “choke?” Was he rusty? We can (and probably will) debate that forever.
- After scoring 5 runs in the first two innings, the Astros never got anything going again. Kershaw made a relief appearance and was outstanding. Another eternal debate will be “what if Kershaw started this game?”
- The Dodgers stranded 1.6 million base runners in Game 7. McCullers and Morton were excellent, but this Dodger lineup has made it’s name the last two seasons CRUSHING right handed pitching and putting pressure on bullpens. I guess timing is everything in baseball.
Houston will certainly savor this one, but the rest of baseball has already moved on. Next year’s odds to win the World Series: Dodgers 5-1; Astros, Indians 6-1; Nationals 7-1; Yankees 8-1; Cubs, RedSox 10-1. Only about 110 days till pitchers and catchers report!!!