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Game 5 was must-win for Astros, not Dodgers

Posted by theknightswhosay on October 30, 2017 at 10:00 PM

I'm going to say upfront I am cheering for the Astros, given their proximity to Louisiana (and shared understanding of floods), the fact that they've never won before, the fact that they have an exciting young player who recently played for LSU, among other reasons. However, I don't want anyone to act like the rest of this series in just a formality.


Former LSU star Alex Bregman's RBI in the 10th gave the Astros a 3-2 lead in the World Series.


The Astros had a great win, which will be memorable regardless of the outcome; but they had the pressure on them much more than the Dodgers did. I really thought the Dodgers' bullpen would outlast the Astros once the game was tied, and the Dodgers may still have a stronger bullpen going forward.


Justin Verlander having a chance to put the Dodgers away is much different from merely having the chance to pull even. If it does go to Game 7, I think the Dodgers would have had the edge regardless. If going to Game 7 in Los Angeles were the Astros' best-case scenario, it would be all but over.


Regardless of the specifics of this series, the response of most fans when they see a 3-2 series lead is that the team with the lead has the series in the bag. This may be in part because it's more of a challenge in other sports where Game 6 and Game 7 are usually in different places. But in baseball, when the team who is behind has two games at home, half the time that team wins instead.


Just ask the Yankees, who went to Houston with a 3-2 lead this postseason. Many in my area were anticipating/bracing for the Yankees/Dodgers World Series. No doubt this was worse closer to Los Angeles and in New York. Ask Astros fans who remember 2004. The Astros went to St. Louis that year with a 3-2 lead.

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Reply Ark_Razor
4:18 AM on October 31, 2017 
Agreed. The only pitchers that have been effective though were the starters in Game 4.
Reply vapor5
7:08 AM on October 31, 2017 
We knew the Astros bullpen leaked but were told that was a Dodgers strength.
Reply Southern Lion
11:14 AM on October 31, 2017 
With both Clayton Kershaw and Dallas Kuechel pitching like mere rotation fillers rather than the aces they are, game 5 ended up as a huge, albeit welcome surprise to me, an Astros fan since the age of 13.

When the game was tied at 8-8 I sarcastically said out loud "this game is going to end up 15-14". I was close, and the roller coaster ride of emotion was a bit much for me, but that little guy from LSU came through for Houston again, and, if they end up with the series win, Bregman would get my vote (if I had one) for WS MVP.

Go Astros!!!!

Reply Ferociousjane
12:19 PM on October 31, 2017 
Sooo excited for Houston . Finish it!
Reply Ark_Razor
2:41 PM on October 31, 2017 
Southern Lion says...
Astros fan since the age of 13.

Go Astros!!!!


As you know SL from my FB post, I've been waiting for the entire history of the franchise! Still a more or less toss up series?
Reply Radatz
3:13 PM on October 31, 2017 
Houston has one ace in the hole. Francona's in Cleveland.
Reply the immortal scurds
5:43 PM on October 31, 2017 
astros 6-4
Reply Radatz
12:00 AM on November 1, 2017 
Same rubric for game 6, reversed. Worked again. Tomorrow it's on both, but... it's in LA.

Houston blew game 6. Left way too many men on base. E.g. 2nd and 3rd no out in 5th... even with the pitcher batting 4th you gotta score.
Reply theknightswhosay
1:05 AM on November 2, 2017 
The Astros pitching and run-scoring in Game 7 was about what I thought they'd do in Game 6. Could Darvish have been more disappointing? Almost feel bad for him.

I gave the Astros about as much chance to win Game 7 as I give LSU to beat Alabama. Hopefully I'm having a lucky week and haven't used up all my karma.

Really happy for Beltran. I usually frown upon tears on a baseball field, but I'll forgive it. Liriano and Verlander too.