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For the third time in the last four years the World Series will be decided by a winner take all Game 7. This battle between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers has been non-stop action since the first pitch was thrown out in game one.
“Back Back Back… Gone!”
There have been a total of twenty home-runs hit through the first six games of the 2017 World Series. Astros CF George Springer has hit four of them. He’s knocked in five RBI’s while putting up an impressive .345 average, scoring six runs with a .483 on-base percentage. Should the Astros come away with a victory in tonight’s final, Springer without a doubt should be a shoo-in for World Series MVP.
Views from the other dugout have changed as Rookie of the Year front runner Cody Bellinger has caught fire since doubling in the top of the seventh inning of Game 4 — and then going on to hit a 3-run bomb in the fifth inning of Game 5. CF Joc Pederson leads the Dodgers with three HR’s. Clearly neither team is lacking in the long-ball department.
Lance McCullers, Jr. will be on the mound tonight for the Astros, he’ll be going against the Dodgers’ Yu Darvish. Darvish had a rough outing in Game 3 when he gave up four earned runs and was pulled in the 2nd inning — While McCullers gave up three earned runs in five innings pitched — making him the winner of Game 3.
Tonight’s game will be another pitchers duel. With the Astros hoping to have McCullers go at least seven innings before passing it off to their less than reliable bullpen. While the Dodgers would be more than happy with six innings out of Darvish to then hand the ball off to their line up of lights-out relievers. The key for the Astros is to get an early lead and try to get to the Dodgers bullpen as early as possible. On the other side, the key for the Dodgers is to make sure they capitalize off any mistake McCullers may make, staying within one or two runs of the Astros and then attacking their bullpen when they arrive.
Home-field advantage will be key for the Dodgers tonight as they’ll need all the help they can get to slow down this red-hot Astros offense. If Houston can score early and take the energy out of the home-crowd, that could be a deciding factor. Game 7 of the World Series is the most intense atmosphere in all of sports, this will be one for the history books.
This is a tough one to call because it really could go either way — But with everything that the city of Houston has been through in these past few months it’s hard not to believe that those guys won’t do everything they can to bring that city home the title. So with that being said — Houston will pull through and win their first World Series title in franchise history — but it’s going to come down to the wire.
Final: Astros win 4-3.