Houston Astros, the baseball villains of 2020, the team that 29 other fan bases are rooting against, the team whose expectation of deaths across the country just refuses to die.
Tampa Bay Rays just three days ago, the Astros have clawed their way back to tie the series with a 7-4 win in Game 6 on Friday night. Game 7, here we come. “Data-reactid =”
It is now a game with AL pennant and a ticket to the World Series on the line. Now, after a thorough beats by the Rays in Game 6, the Astros have plenty of momentum heading into a situation they’ve been in before – a win-take-all-season game.
Boston Red Sox, who won that game and the subsequent World Series. “data-reactid =” 32 “> The Astros are now just the second team to advance to a game 7 after trailing 3-0 in the series, the other being the famous 2004 Boston Red Sox who won that game and the subsequent World Series.
George Springer is as dangerous as ever in October. And starter jug Framber Valdez was good enough across six innings that you could hardly remember the Astros being without aces Justin Verlander. Valdez allowed only three hits, one run and hit nine. “Data-reactid =” 33 “> Jose Altuve, the goat in games 2 and 3, is now hitting like an MVP again, George Springer is as dangerous as ever in October And starting pitcher Framber Valdez was good enough across six innings that you could hardly remember that the Astros are without ace Justin Verlander.Valdez allowed only three hits, one run and knocked out nine.
Randy Arozarena was hitless. Even the defense, who apparently was everywhere early in this series, scrambled to track hit after hit from the Astros. “Data-reactid =” 34 “> Meanwhile, The Rays have seen everything that helped them win the first three games of this series disappear in recent days. Their potent bullpen looked beatable. Randy Arozarena was hitless. Even the defense, which was apparently everywhere early in this series, rattled to track hit after hit from the Astros.
Willy adames double – but after that it was all Astros. “data-reactid =” 35 “> The Rays actually scored first – pushed through a run in the second inning on a Willy Adames double – but then it was all Astros.
Blake Snell after giving up a trip and a single. Snell was upset as he still had not run through races. It turned out to be a bad move from Cash. Diego Castillo, usually a sure relief for Tampa Bay, gave up a single to George Springer, who brought home two runs. Altuve doubled to bring another home. After Michael Brantley went, Carlos Correa switched home another race. “data-reactid =” 36 “> The fifth inning was when this game was won. Rays manager Kevin Cash took out starter Blake Snell after giving up a trip and a single. Snell was upset since he still had did not drop any runs.It turned out to be a bad move by Cash.Diego Castillo, usually a sure relief for Tampa Bay, gave up a single to George Springer, who brought home two runs.Altuve doubled to bring After another Michael Brantley went, Carlos Correa singlet home another run.
You could feel the momentum shifting right there and then. Houston scored another in the sixth inning, two more in the seventh to make it 7-1, making the game feel out of reach for Tampa.
Ryan Pressly into the game for the ninth inning, which could benefit them in game 7. “data-reactid =” 40 “> Manny Margot tried to jump the rays in. He hit a solo homer in the seventh and then a two-run shot in eighth to make it to 7. It was not enough for the Rays to come back, but they managed to get the Astros closer to Ryan Pressly in the game for the ninth inning, which could benefit them in Game 7.
The strangest moment in the game was not in the races on the scoreboard. Yandy Diaz was upset when he was walked by Valdez, almost to the point where the benches were cleared. It was not clear what beef was unless Diaz was upset that he was not getting anything he could hit.
Interestingly, Carlos Correa wrapped in, refocused his jug and did not let the moment derail Valdez or Astros.
Charlie Morton. The 36-year-old veteran has plenty of great gaming experiences from his days with the Rays and Astros. He won the victory in ALDS Game 2 after throwing five pointless innings against Houston. “Data-reactid =” 49 “> After missing out on their first three chances to win the series, the Rays get another shot in Game 7. Saturday. Kevin Cash is likely to turn to Charlie Morton. The 36-year-old veteran has plenty of big-game experience from his days with the Rays and Astros.He won the victory in ALDS Game 2 after throwing five scoreless innings against Houston.
Astros have a few options. These will include right-handed Lance McCullers Jr. He comes out of an excellent game 2, where he hit 11 beam shots while allowing four runs (one earned) in seven innings.
A fun fact in Game 7: When the Astros won the World Series in 2017, McCullers started Game 7 against the Dodgers, and Morton finished it and got the win.