Go to the World Series, they said. It’ll be fun, they said. Fans of the Dodgers have to be wondering if that statement is actually true right now.
Of course, it’s been an incredible series, full of drama and action. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, they are down three games to two. The good news is the Series now shifts back to Dodger Stadium, where Los Angeles has a very good record this postseason.
They do have to face Justin Verlander in Game 6, who also has been very good this postseason. But, the Dodgers got to him some in Game 2, and that game was the first contest Verlander did not win this postseason, although the Astros went on to win the game later. The Dodgers will counter with Rich Hill again, who was pulled after four innings in Game 2, striking out seven on 60 pitches.
The Dodgers are definitely going to need more length from Hill this time out, however. The bullpen that had been so lights out in the divisional and championship series has become taxed. Clayton Kershaw couldn’t protect 4-0 and 7-4 leads. Yu Darvish only went five outs in his Game 3 start. It’s a lot to process as a fan. Kenley Jansen blew a save, and couldn’t hold a tie game. These things happen from time to time, but all compounded together on baseball’s biggest stage does prove to be problematic.
Houston does indeed have an incredible offense, but for the most part the Dodgers have kept right up with them. Game 2 and Game 5, both insane games, could have easily been won by the Dodgers, and they were close until the end. The bullpen just couldn’t hold on to the lead or the tie. Doubly infuriating because the Houston bullpen also is not very good.
I’m not going to get into all the minutiae and coulda shoulda woulda. That will serve no purpose but to slowly drive us all insane. There were bad calls, bad decisions and bad plays. Absolutely atrocious umpiring. An incident with a player that was a racist action, who then was allowed to play, and ended up knocking Kershaw from Game 5. This World Series has been one for the record books in so many ways, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to comprehend it all. The fact remains that if just one or two things fell the Dodgers way, they could have won this thing on Sunday. The good news is they have two more games (hopefully) to make sure they do. They haven’t shown quit yet, and I’m sure they’re not going to start now.
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