Two of the worst dreaded but lovely words in all of sports, “game seven”. And that is what we have here tonight my folks. Nothing makes a fan sit on the edge of their seat, biting their nails, like a game seven of the World Series. Whether you are a fan of the two teams or not, these games come around only once a year and this series has been be packed with thrill, so appreciate the beauty of game seven’s and buckle up because this is going to be one hell of a finish to the MLB season.
World Series Game 7: Darvish vs Lance McCullers Jr
After splitting the first six games, we will have a Game 7 tonight between The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers for The World Series. This has turned out to be an unbelievable postseason finished off by an incredible World Series. We have seen it all, from pitchers duels to double digit run shootouts from both teams. The beauty of tonight’s game is that anything can happen, and a case can be made that either team can win. Both of these teams have played unreal baseball and it is only fitting that we have a Game 7 to decide it all. The city of Los Angeles will certainly be rocking tonight with numerous celebrities on hand in attendance. Will it be The Dodgers first title since 1988, or will Houston win their first Championship ever? Amazingly enough, this will be the first ever Game 7 hosted at Dodger Stadium.
The starting pitching matchup will feature Yu Darvish for Los Angeles against Lance McCullers Jr. for Houston. With there being no tomorrow for either team, expect all arms to be available tonight. Managers Dave Roberts and AJ Hinch will use whatever arms they need to and pull any moves that they need in order to win this game tonight. What I am expecting is for each starter to go about 4-5 innings depending on the game situation, and then turning it over to the bullpen for the rest of the game. I think we will absolutely see Clayton Kershaw out of the bullpen for Los Angeles at some point. After not having his best stuff in Game 5, Kershaw will be motivated to leave it all out there in Game 7. I could see Kershaw playing a similar role to that of what Madison Bumgarner played in Game 7 of The 2014 World Series, where he came in for numerous innings and ultimately finished off the game.
L.A. vs Houston at the plate At the plate, both teams have had hitters with their ups and downs throughout the postseason and even in The World Series. One player whom I highlighted prior to Game 1 that needed to breakout for Houston and who has done so is George Springer. Springer has been on a tear in this World Series despite not having a tremendous postseason prior to this series. At the top of the order, Springer has brought much needed pop and energy that the rest of the lineup can fuel off of. On the other side, one of Los Angeles’ best hitters this World Series has been Chris Taylor. Another leadoff man, Taylor has been very productive this World Series. Taylor grinds out at-bats and doesn’t try to do too much at the plate. His simple approach is paying off big for him, as he is leading the charge for this Los Angeles offense. Tonight I will be watching one player from each team in particular to see if they can make a difference. I’m watching each team’s go-to guy, Jose Altuve for Houston and Justin Turner for Los Angeles. Neither of these guys have had a stellar World Series, that could be resulting from not seeing many pitches to hit. For either of their teams to be successful tonight, these guys will need to have an impact in the heart of the order. The biggest thing for them will be to be productive with runners in scoring position. Whoever can come up with a big hit with RISP will ultimately lead their team to success