We’ve now officially reached the point of the season where we have zero (0) more days of multiple MLB games. Sad!
But what we lack in quantity, we’ll make up for in quality with a barn-burner ALCS matchup that’ll go a long way towards determining who faces the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series.
RHP Luis Severino (NYY) versus RHP Justin Verlander (HOU) — 8:08 p.m. ET, FS1
There’s nothing quite like home cookin’, is there? The home team has won each of the first five games of this series, after all, And while that would seemingly bode well for the Astros…it just doesn’t really feel that way, does it?
The home team winning all seven games makes for a great series and narrative, but it also means the team with the upper hand coming into the series has to race out ahead 2-0, suffer three straight losses and regroup to win two games with their backs against the wall. That’s not easy. Especially at this time of the year with every remaining team a terrific foe.
Severino is a total wild card in this one. He was terrible against the Twins, good against the Indians and terrific against Houston in Game 2 of the series. He was outdueled by Verlander, but left with an arm issue after just four innings in his final outing. It’s not the worst thing in the world if Severino can’t give the Yankees depth considering how good their bullpen is. But if for any reason that affects him to the point where he can’t help them if they move onto the World Series, that’s a different story. That’ll be worth watching.
Verlander, on the other hand, might go 150 pitches if that’s what it takes. He’s got the bulldog mentality to the nth degree. And, is coming off a complete-game five-hitter with one earned run, 13 strikeouts and just one walk against the Yankees in moving the series to 2-0 in his team’s favor.
They haven’t won since.
Obviously not winning Dallas Keuchel’s start in New York hurts. But at least the consolation prize is Verlander in a do-or-die Game 6. Sure, losing isn’t ideal—but at least it would be going out guns a-blazing.
Like Texas would allow any other way.