Closure. That’s what we’re after tonight. It’s not often we can find it this obviously, of course. But with a Game 7 of the World Series looming, we’ll get just that.
Thanks for a great year of these columns, and we’ll see you around the bend. Enjoy!
RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (HOU) versus RHP Yu Darvish (LAD) — 8:20 p.m. ET, FOX
McCullers was so jacked up about starting Game 7 that he started throwing long toss in right field right after Tuesday night’s game ended.
He’s an excitable young righty with talent for days. But, he also has a murky track record for staying healthy. In a series where bullpens have been leaned on heavily, it might be five-and-dive for McCullers. If that. It’ll be interesting to see sequencing of bullpens after that. As it’s almost certain both teams will throw the kitchen sink—in this case, Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw—at one another for the chance to hoist that precious trophy next to Rob Manfred this evening at Chavez Ravine.
The dynamic for the Dodgers is a lot like it was for the Astros last night. That is—use your hired gun to get you to the promised land. And while the Astros will have multiple chances with Verlander since he’s under contract past this season, that’s not true for the Dodgers and Darvish, who have one chance to get this thing right before he at least shops his wares on the market before considering a reunion.
Few pitchers possess the combination of velocity, pitch types and angles that Darvish can baffle hitters with. But few aces are as volatile as he is. And it was never more evident than both his tenure with the team after the trade, or thus far in October. Through two starts in the postseason, Darvish had thrown 11.1 innings with two earned runs, 14 strikeouts and just one walk.
Then last time out—against these Astros—Darvish set new records….for his shortest career start (1.2 innings) and the first time he’s ever had a zero-strikeout outing. Forrest Gump would appreciate Darvish’s work, because you never know what Yu you’re going to get.
Buckle up, and again, thanks for the great season. We’ll see you soon.