The first two games of the World Series were nothing but awe striking for the Washington Nationals. Considered to be a big underdog, the Nationals went into Houston and out scored the Astros 17-7, seemingly striking down the elite pitching staff of the Houston force.
Then reality set in. The Astros found their groove and began their march. Their pitchers tightened the bolts, only allowing 3 runs in Games 3, 4 and 5. While their lineup lifted off for the stars earning a combined 19 runs over the course of 3 games. The beauty of it all is that no one did it alone.
Arguably, that’s the most electrifying parts of the Astros, and while I may be a Yankees fan myself, I have to admit that the Astros are by far the best team in baseball right now. Top to bottom their team can do damage. George Springer has the most extra base hits in post season history for a leadoff hitter, as well as this year in Game 2 setting the record with 5 straight World Series games with a home run. Jose Altuve being consistent as ever and getting on base, sporting a .353 post season batting average. Yasiel Gurriel and Alex Bregman both knocking their teammates in with 12 and 11 RBI’s respectively. Lastly, even with Carlos Correa having an off post season, sporting a .167 batting average, he has produced in big ways with 3 home runs and 3 doubles, giving run support and putting himself in positions to be scored.
So this all sounds good, Game 6 should be a breeze for a seemingly charged Astros lineup, and revitalized pitching staff. But one statistic still looms for the Astros as they head back to Houston for Game 6. Justin Verlander.
Verlander is one of the best pitchers in baseball. In 2019 he went 21-6 with an ERA of 2.58, which is a stunning number in the new era of Baseball. Even in the Post Season in his career he holds a 14-5 record with a 2.83 ERA. Not bad for the Astro pitcher. Once we get to the World Series however, well that is a different story.
Verlander is a lights out, dominating pitcher in all aspects of the game – until you get to the World Series. He holds a current record of 0-5 throughout 6 games started and 33.0 innings pitched. He averages almost a hit an out, and has an ERA of 5.73. Verlander just can’t seem to come through during the final dance.
Furthermore, this post season it seems as though home field advantage has gone entirely out the window, with neither team winning in front of their home crowd. Not only are the home teams losing, in most games the home team is being blown entirely out of the water; with the exception of Game 1. Unless the stars align for the Astros in Game 6, chances are we can say, “Game 7: Here We Come!”
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