There’s always the tendency to think that the thing that just happened is the greatest thing that ever happened. It is an understandable impulse in a lot of cases, especially Game 2 of this very World Series. It’s going to be tough to top that for an unlikely back-and-forth in a situation where the stakes are the highest.
The Astros winning Game 2 sets up a potentially even more intense Game 3 tonight as the series travels to Houston. Whoever wins tonight gets a crucial edge in the series. That will be even more true if the Dodgers pull off a victory on the road, giving them the knowledge that whatever happens over the next two games after tonight, they will at worst get a chance to go back to Los Angeles.
As this is the first game in an AL park, it’s also the first game that will feature real baseball rules, with designated hitters in the lineups. That’s a plus for everyone involved.
Yu Darvish facing Lance McCullers may not have the same star quality as either of the pitching matchups in the first two games of the series, but the table is still set for another great game. It should be fun. I still can’t wait for the Orioles to get to play in one of these games, although after the first two games in this series, I’m really not sure how I’d survive the Orioles playing to win it all.
|LOS ANGELES DODGERS||HOUSTON ASTROS|
|Chris Taylor - CF||George Springer - CF|
|Corey Seager - SS||Alex Bregman - 3B|
|Justin Turner - 3B||Jose Altuve - 2B|
|Cody Bellinger - 1B||Carlos Correa - SS|
|Yasiel Puig - RF||Yulieski Gurriel - 1B|
|Logan Forsythe - 2B||Josh Reddick - RF|
|Austin Barnes - C||Evan Gattis - DH|
|Joc Pederson - LF||Marwin Gonzalez - LF|
|Enrique Hernandez - DH||Brian McCann - C|
|Yu Darvish - RHP||Lance McCullers - RHP|