Game Six Malaise Paralyzes Astros

2017 is the 38th time that the World Series will be decided in 7 games. The first one happened in 1909, when Pittsburg of the NL defeated Detroit of the AL.

 

The Overview

It happened as we feared it might.

Justin Verlander pitched a game that was more than good enough for the win, but the Astros offense came out flat and stayed that way. As a result, the Dodgers were able to combine some pretty fair pitching of their own, early patience with the 1-0 deficit, good defense, the support of the home town crowd, their 2-inning stopper on Houston’s serious attempts to pad the lead, and the NL rule that forces pitchers to “bat” until it all complexly parlayed into another 6th inning flow of LA scoring momentum that would gain them just enough lead and confidence to take the game and the day – and also leave them looking forward to Game 7 with a few braggadocio shouts of a guaranteed World Series victory for LA in Game 7.

Now the Astros face the daunting task of taking on a giant Dodger Blue ball of momentum that shall be rolling down upon them tonight behind the rediscovered full cadre of pitches that Yu Darvish has to offer the plight of winning, as Clayton Kershaw stands behind him, hoping with all the power of compulsivity to get in there and experience one strong shot at redemption from his Houston meltdown in Game 5.

The Scoring in Game 6

Top of 3rd, HOU:

Hill pitching for Los Angeles
Reddick popped out to center fielder Taylor.
Verlander struck out.
Springer homered to right on a 1-0 count.
Bregman grounded out, shortstop Seager to first baseman Bellinger.
1 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors

Bottom of 6th, LA: 

Verlander pitching for Houston
Barnes singled to left.
Utley was hit by a pitch, Barnes to second.
Taylor doubled to right, Barnes scored, Utley to third.
Seager hit a sacrifice fly to right fielder Reddick, Utley scored, Taylor to third.
Turner fouled out to first baseman Gurriel.
Bellinger struck out.
2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors

Bottom of 7th, LA:

Musgrove pitching for Houston
Musgrove pitching.
Puig popped out to shortstop Correa.
Pederson homered to left on a 1-2 count.
Ethier pinch-hitting for Maeda.
Ethier popped out to left fielder Ma.González.
Barnes struck out.
1 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors

Final Score: Los Angeles Dodgers 3 – Houston Astros 1.

The Game Five Hangover Malaise

In the ebb and flow of mass crowd human emotion, the biggest fear sometimes is the malaise that entraps the celebrants on the heels of victory. That descending (calming down) malaise is what causes the lack of fire in a team’s performance within 48 hours. Well, guess what, folks. It happened to the Houston Astros last night. Hope someone over there on the Houston side recognizes the fact and takes the time to remind the ‘Stros who they really are.

Now we have to hope that we see early signs tonight from our offense that we’ve let go of the lull and are now ready to finish the job that didn’t get done last night.

Go Astros in Game 7! ~You can do it! ~ Get off the deck and knock LA into the next block for good! ~ You still have that punch within you,  just waiting for delivery!

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

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5 Responses to “Game Six Malaise Paralyzes Astros”

  1. Fred Soland Says:

    We have two things going for us tonight, and a lot of variables.

    First, Yu Darvish has not pitched well at home in LA. He has been a much better pitcher on the road which is why he lobbied to pitch game 3 in Houston, rather than game 2 in LA. We saw how well he pitched in Houston. Hopefully, that works in his mind and into our favor.

    Second, the Dodger bullpen is exhausted. Jansen threw 2 innings last night. I seriously doubt he is good for more than 1 inning tonight.
    The rest of the bullpen is tired.

    A key variable is if McCullers comes out controlled and not too amped up, he could have an exceptional night. Charlie Morton, Dallas Keuchel, and even Brad Peacock should be lined up for duty tonight. Devenski should be rested enough for the close if needed.

    We need our bats to come out firing on all cylinders and step on their neck early, and never get off of it.

  2. Bill McCurdy Says:

    “We need our bats to come out firing on all cylinders and step on their neck early, and never get off of it.” – Fred Soland

    YES! YES! AND HELL YES! 🙂

  3. jeff share Says:

    if altuve and correa don’t hit, they don’t win. simple as that. and sit reddick down,.

  4. Fred Soland Says:

    Bill,
    Did I call it??

    • Bill McCurdy Says:

      Indeed, you did, Fred! And I backed you on that call from the git-go! Let’s be glad that George Springer was also listening and that LA manager Roberts was not. 🙂

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