Will it be trick or treat for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who look to force a Game 7 as the World Series returns to Chavez Ravine? We all know what we’d like as baseball fans, though. One epic Game 7 before six months of winter doldrums.
But, will Mr. Hill deliver?
RHP Justin Verlander (HOU) versus LHP Rich Hill (LAD) — 8:20 p.m. ET, FOX
This is what you acquire Verlander for. A heroic effort where he goes out and throws 130 pitches in a complete game victory to bring the first World Series to Houston in club history. Add to that an utterly unstable bullpen and a win-then-go-home game, and it seems almost certain we’re going to see something special from Verlander regardless of what happens.
But if he somehow gets into trouble early, this could go off the rails in a big way. As in, “not only can’t you script this, but really you can’t adjust for it in the moment, either” kind of way. That doesn’t seem terribly likely, however. After all, the Astros haven’t lost a single Verlander start yet. But, what about this World Series has been something to expect?
Hill has been fine this postseason—2.77 ERA, .196 BAA, 19-7 K/BB ratio in 13 innings.
But four-plus innings per start isn’t going to cut the mustard. Add to that a bullpen that has shown some kinks in its armor lately, and this is about as bad of a beat the Dodgers, who won 104 games during the season, could have despite returning back home for as many as two games.
We’re all clamoring for a Game 7, but let’s be honest with ourselves. The Dodgers are underdogs here. How hard is that to believe? After an epic Game 5, what does Game 6 have left in store for us? Tune in and find out!