What a wild ride it has been. After a fantastic World Series between the Cubs and Indians in 2016, this year’s World Series had some big shoes to fill. Boy did they live up to that expectation and then some with one of the wildest games in World Series history in Game 5. Now we are in a Game 7 situation for the 2nd year in a row and we can not be happier. With how this series has played out there is no better ending than a Game 7.
Game 5, nobody in their right mind could have predicted the series of events that occurred there. One thing that we did get right about that wild game is Jose Altuve breaking out of his World Series slump and he did it in a big way going 3-5 with a homerun, 4 RBI and 3 runs scored. Game 6 we were a little closer to the mark predicting Verlander getting into trouble in the middle innings while Rich Hill would more or less match Verlander’s dominance up to the 5th inning. Though the results of Games 5 & 6 were reversed, we did predict a Game 7 scenario, so here we are to give you are thoughts.
Game 7 will see Yu Darvish vs Lance McCullers once again. In their Game 3 matchup, Darvish was knocked around early by the Astros offense and exited the game before the end of the 2nd inning. The Dodgers will need a much better performance out of Darvish in Game 7 as the bullpen is very fatigued at this point.
McCullers looked great through the first 5 innings before finding trouble in the 6th. Then the Astros decided to go with Peacock rather than turning the game over to their spotty bullpen. This move turned out to be perfect as Peacock closed out the final 3.2 innings while allowing just 1 baserunner.
Game 7 is always the most unpredictable since players tend to turn it up to another level and managers pull all the stops in this winner takes all situation, but here we go. Darvish will fair a little better than he did in Game 3, but the Astros will tag him for a couple of runs through 4 innings. He will likely be taken from the Game before the end of the 5th inning and this is where things get interesting. Kershaw is expected to make an appearance, however it is unlikely that he will be the first man out of the bullpen for the Dodgers. The first man out of the bullpen may be Alex Wood who will give a strong 2 innings before turning it over to Kershaw for an inning or two. Jansen will come in to close it out. Between the 3 pitchers, there will only be 3 base runners allowed and no runs.
As for the Astros, McCullers will once again surprise as he holds down the Dodgers offense through the first few innings. He will give up 1 or 2 runs in the 4th before turning it over to the bullpen in the 5th. The Astros will stay away from their typical bullpen in this game and instead will use a combination of Peacock, Keuchel and Morton to secure the low scoring win and earn the Astros their first World Series Championship in franchise history.
World Series MVP will be George Springer as he once again plays a significant role in winning Game 7 for the Astros. Before Game 7, Springer lead the Astros with 4 homeruns, 6 runs, 5 RBI, 5 Walks, 9 hits and an impressive stat line of .375/.483/.958