Much is made of the fact that baseball’s history makes the sport so rich in numbers—a statistic to back up every story and an analysis to run for every situation, as broadcasters and newspaper columnists and front office nerds alike will all remind you—but that baseball’s history makes the sport so rich in names is…
The Houston Astros confirmed earlier this week that Dallas Keuchel has a minor foot injury. The pitcher, an all-star this season who started two games in the World Series, got hurt in a curious way: He fell during the championship parade and sprained his ankle.
There’s always a postmortem. Where did they go wrong? What should they have done differently? Analyzing a game—a baseball game, a World Series Game 7—is like dwelling on any other thing in the past: It’s in a fixed state. It happened, it’s not changing, and at some point you swallow it and move on.
In the home run-hittingest postseason in baseball history, 24 of the Astros’ 27 dingers were hit by their own homegrown players. This championship doesn’t happen without all the miserable seasons required for a run of high draft picks, but even that doesn’t tell the story—the baseball draft is notoriously…
Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa wasted no time in celebrating his World Series win with another big moment—proposing to his girlfriend, Miss Texas USA Daniella Rodriguez.
In a rather anticlimactic ending that wasn’t exactly befitting a pretty thrilling series, the Houston Astros claimed their first World Series title in franchise history with a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in tonight’s Game 7.
Starting pitcher Yu Darvish lasted five outs and allowed five runs. Manager Dave Roberts turned to—who else—Brandon Morrow to replace him. The Dodgers entered the bottom of the second losing 5-0 to the Astros.
If the Dodgers go on to win the World Series tonight, one of the more enduring images of the series will be Joc Pederson turning to his own dugout, rubbing his fingers together, and shouting, “Pay me my money!” after his seventh-inning homer in Game 6.
Dodgers starter Rich Hill was clearly determined not to give away a third-inning plate appearance last night, though he employed some weird-ass strategies to try to battle off Justin Verlander, who was still dealing at that point in the game.
Now that this violently unpredictable World Series is going seven games—as it deserves—I can predict with absolute certainty only two pitchers who will not appear tonight: Game 6 starters Rich Hill and Justin Verlander. That’s it. Everyone else is in play. There is no tomorrow, and it is, as they say, all hands on…
In about 20 hours, Lance McCullers will be starting Game 7 of the World Series for the Astros. But he went ahead and started warming up now—like, directly after the conclusion of Game 6—because if you’re already in uniform, why not get a few tosses in, right?
After the expansive mania of Game 5, the Astros and Dodgers delivered a comparatively breezy and smooth Game 6: a 3-1 Los Angeles victory that ensures a Game 7.
It’s been four days since Yulieski Gurriel made a racist gesture after homering off Yu Darvish, and Dodgers fans have been very clear in expressing their dissatisfaction with him tonight. That’s meant sustained boos for Gurriel for the duration of each of his plate appearances so far—and L.A. starter Rich Hill took…
After Alex Bregman dropped the single that knocked in the winning run in Sunday’s ludicrous Game 5, the broadcast caught Carlos Correa jumping onto the field in reaction to pinch runner Derek Fisher making a sprint toward the plate.
Major-league pitchers are talented enough, and managers are cautious enough, that you rarely see a baseball game featuring a pitcher so fatigued and overmatched that he just doesn’t belong on the mound. Last night, the Dodgers and Brandon Morrow showed us what that scenario looks like.
I barely know what to say, so why not just let them say it:
It took five hours, 17 minutes, but the big, stupid, ridiculous Game 5 that started with George Bush throwing out a first pitch and ended with pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training is over. The Astros won in “ten innings,” though in a game that took twice as long as their “nine inning” loss in Game 1.…
As I write this the score is tied at 12 and it’s still the ninth inning. Will there be more? Who knows. Here’s an incident that happened who cares ago back when the score was who can remember to who gives a shit. A half-naked man wearing star-spangled shorts rushed the field and briefly escaped security:
Alas, the camera cut away before what we assume was this dude getting a beatdown.