The Offseason Can Wait One More Day

Juan Soto: Hold My Bat. (Screenshot)

The Yankees took the Astros nearly to the brink. The Nationals are taking things one step further.

For the fourth time since 2014, we get a Game 7 in the World Series. Regardless of the participants, that’s tremendous. After the Nats were 15 outs from elimination Tuesday night, it’s that much sweeter.

What a game Tuesday was. For as snore-worthy the first five games were at times, Game 6 didn’t lack for drama. Alex Bregman and Juan Soto’s dueling bat carries. The Eaton and Soto homers to vault Washington ahead of Verlander and Houston. Whatever that was with the interference call in the seventh inning before Anthony Rendon homered.

The manager of the winning team got ejected!

So the season comes down to Game 7. Dare I say it, the Nationals should be favored. They have Max Scherzer, Patrick Corbin, Anibal Sanchez, Sean Doolittle and Daniel Hudson ready to go while Houston has Zack Greinke, a tired Gerrit Cole and their bullpen. Still, picking against Houston might be a fool’s errand.

You might be thinking, “This should be the Yankees.” You wouldn’t be wrong. They had their chances to beat Houston — holding them to .179/.281/.318 batting line and fewer home runs in the six-game series — but they came up short. That loss is going to sting for a while, whether or not the Astros win the title.

If you haven’t been watching this World Series for that reason, it’s time to put that to the side. Game 7 doesn’t have to be about hate-watching the Astros. Instead, you can take joy in the marvelous run the Nationals are on. Watch Scherzer give his all after enduring “ungodly pain” in his neck just a couple of days ago and flash his ungodly intense stare towards the batter’s box. Appreciate Zack Greinke’s super-slow-mo curveball.

Oh, and Soto. Has there been a more fun player to watch this postseason (non-Yankee edition)? He’s only 21, in case you missed it.

Soto has a chance to become the youngest World Series MVP ever if the Nationals claim the series and Stephen Strasburg didn’t clinch it last night. Both Soto and Strasburg deserve it for clutch hitting and pitching, respectively, throughout the run, from the Wild Card Game to NLDS Game 5 to Tuesday. I’m dying to see Soto come up with another dinger in Game 7. He seems made for those moments.

Even if you hate both teams, tonight is the last baseball for a while. There are Yankees Classics to take you through February, but the live games are what it’s all about, even if weird umpire calls and the wrong team reign. The offseason can wait for one more day.

Enjoy Game 7. And Go Nats.

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8 Comments

  1. dasit

    too lazy to look this up, but has there ever been a world series where the home team lost every game?

  2. RetroRob

    So the Yankees held a legitimately great team in the Astros to a .179/.281/.318 line, less HRs and a 2.60 ERA? Clearly their pitching sucks!

    Slight humor (but only slight) out of the way, yes, adding a stud starter will have an impact. They should do it, but those who think mimicking the Nats is the way to go aren’t thinking. History has shown that the teams that win the World Series are most successful at duplicating what they did to get to the World Series. In the Nats case it’s their starters. Their bullpen is trash. The Yankees fell just a but short on relievers, but they were facing a great team. Add in a starter simply so they can even better maximize their bullpen.

  3. chip56

    Another thought:

    While I hope that the Yankees come away from watching this series realizing that starting pitching is still greatly important, my guess is that even if they do, the correction will manifest itself in a very different way than what I’m hoping for (Cole).

    Instead of signing the great pitcher to the rotation, the Yankees will look to use their new pitching methodology to coach up the guys who are already here and turn them into their own Gerrit Coles and Stephen Strasburgs.

  4. chip56

    One of my takeaways from last night was something Strasburg said after the game to Verducci. Tom asked him what adjustments he made between the 1st and 2nd innings and Strasburg said that his pitching coach picked up on what what the Astros were keying into about his delivery, specifically the flaring of his glove on certain pitches. They were able to not only identify it, but create a strategy that turned it to their advantage in the span of 20 minutes.

    Contrast that to the Yankees who seemed to all agree that their pitchers were tipping at various times through the year (and last year as well) and nothing was ever done to correct it.

  5. DJ Lemeddardhieu

    I thought it was the best win of the season, Steven. We’ve been rooting for Washington against those cheaters. And how dumb are those umpires? Baseball is dying because the games take way too long and those dopes stood around for 15 minutes on that replay when they weren’t going to overturn a judgement call We fall asleep well before the games are over.

    Davey shoulda got thrown out in prior games too with how bad this umpring has been. They have to go to a computerized strike zone soon if they want to save the game. People say, whatabout the human element? Nobody likes the umpires. That interference call never gets called and they call it in Game 6 of the WS. Nobody likes the human element because humans are dumb.

    All that talk about us needing to get HFA and this will be the first World Series ever where the road club will win every ballgame. And the Nationals will win Game 7. Max will give the performance of his life and show Yankee fans why you need aces like him and Strasburg. The thought was the Nats had to beat Cole and Verlander at least once to win the series but they’ve had no problems hitting those two. Funny how a weak hitting NL club can beat those guys but the Yankee All Stars can’t. The reality is the Astros have to beat Max and Strasburg at least once to win the series and they won’t do that. Nats 5 Astros 2 Umpires 1 will be the final score.

    • chip56

      Oh Eddard, how I’ve missed you.

      • I miss the “block” feature.

        • RetroRob

          I don’t have an issue with Eddard, but as more people slowly drift over to 314 there will be a time when having the block feature back will be welcomed.

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