The 2017 World Series is more than even.
After the insanity and madness of Game 2, the Astros awoke today in their own beds with three games in Houston ahead to tip the scales further after a 1-1 split in Los Angeles.
Yes, the Dodgers are human. They still may have the best team in baseball, but the Astros created holes in the dam of a team that has all the national media embarrassingly drooling on themselves.
This Astro team isn’t like those from previous years. Remember when Houston relished in small ball? A single, then a stolen base, followed by a bunt over to third and a sacrifice fly was the calling card of then-National League Houston. Now, it’s let’s see how far we can hit ’em Astros.
The boys have a new swagger and, face it, A.J. Hinch ain’t the same manager that ran the dugout in Arizona. Gotta appreciate him a little more after the first two games and sticking with the guys who brought him to his first World Series. As I posted last night, I heard A.J. talking about Ken Giles and his guys on MLB radio yesterday.
“I think he’s going to get some really big outs. I think when the crowd is standing in this ballpark over the next couple of games, if we can have the lead and he’s the right matchup, he’s going to get the last out.
“He’s done it awfully well this year, and again I reiterate, just because somebody has a bad day at work does not mean they need to be condemned and sent away.”
He stuck with George Springer and it paid off, perhaps more than with just Springer. Giles will clearly get another shot. The cork is out of the bottle, the horse has left the barn and the Astros may have tipped the scales in their favor with the late-inning heorics Wednesday.
I’ll leave you with one more quote from pre-game Wednesday. I’m not a huge Alex Rodriguez fan, but he seems sharp and eloquent in his commentary. While some pundits have clearly put the Dodgers in the team-to-beat role, Rodriguez said this prior to Wednesday’s game:
“The Houston Astros are– they have a juggernaut, both pitching and offensively. But this is not Dodgers, Astros, David versus Goliath. This is truly Goliath versus Goliath.”
Now is the time. This is the team. The Sports Illustrated Boys are primed and ready.
Bring on Game 3 of the 2017 World Series…and your thoughts, comments and insight.