World Series Game 7 Preview: History will be made
LOS ANGELES (Nov. 1, 2017)- It is that time in the World Series where both teams are facing elimination. It is a match that the two greatest words in all of sports marks, Game Seven.
This is one of the most evenly matched World Series in recent memory. All the games but one being decided in the later innings. It is important to remember what is driving each team in an epic championship round like this. Especially since this is for more than just a trophy.
For the Los Angeles Dodgers, the last time they won the World Series was in 1988, over 29 years ago. Many of us have seen the highlight of Kirk Gibson hobbling around the base paths in Game One of that series. In tonight’s game, they will put their faith to end their drought in newly acquired ace Yu Darvish, in the first game seven that Dodger Stadium has ever hosted.
On the opposing end, the Houston Astros have an entire city on their shoulders. More-so than Los Angeles. Even though the Astros are also searching for their first-ever championship, one can not overlook the tragedy that occurred in Houston earlier this year, Hurricane Harvey. Now in almost every case, there has been a massive tragedy such as a hurricane or a terrorist attack, a team from that city won a championship. Some examples are, the Red Sox after the Boston Marathon Bombing and the New Orleans Saints while the City of New Orleans was rebuilding after Katrina. Astros manager A.J. Hinch will give the ball to starter Lance McCullers Jr.
Each team has done well offensively, for the most part, this series. They have surpassed the record that the Angels and Giants set in the 2002 World Series. That record, the most home runs hit in the World Series.
Some players to watch for the Los Angeles Dodgers are Chris Taylor and Yasiel Puig. Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager, of course, are the stars, but both Taylor and Puig have been clutch for Los Angeles. Yasiel has hit .355 in the postseason with 10 RBI’s. Chris Taylor, the rookie, however, has been hitting leadoff for Los Angeles and has recorded a postseason average of .259 with seven RBI’s and three homers.
For Houston, the player to watch is Jose Altuve. The five foot six shortstop has been making noise this postseason along with Carlos Correa, George Springer, and Alex Bregman. Altuve has batted .277 in his career during the postseason. He currently has five RBIs with two home runs in the World Series.
There is a lot on the line for both teams. A lack of effort is not the reason for whoever loses this World Series. These teams have played hard and may have single-handedly saved Major League Baseball as a whole.
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