ALCS Game Six, 2017

Yankees at Astros, 5:00 PM PT, TV: FS1

The Yankees have two games in which to win one, while for the Astros this is an elimination game. It’s a rematch of Game Two’s starting pitchers.

In Game Two, the Astros’ RHP Justin Verlander threw that most rare of things in this era, a complete game, holding the Yankees to one run on five hits and striking out 13. His opponent will again be RHP Luis Severino, who was pulled from that game after just four innings “for precautionary reasons.” Before he left he’d given up just one run on two hits to the Astros.

Today in baseball history:

  • 1988 The Dodgers become World Champions when Orel Hershiser limits the opposition to four singles in Game 5 of the World Series and beats the A’s, 5-1. The right-hander, who also won Game 2, is named the Most Valuable Player of the Fall Classic.
  • 2004 After losing the first three games of the ALCS, the Red Sox win four consecutive games to win the American League pennant, beating the Yankees in the Bronx, 10-3. Johnny Damon’s two home runs, including a grand slam in the fourth, and Derek Lowe’s solid pitching performance help Boston to join the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1975 New York Islanders as the only teams in the history of professional sports to overcome a 3-0 series deficit to win a seven-game series.
  • WBBsAs

    Go, ‘Stros!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    It’s still real!

    Got less than 6 hours of sleep last night, hitting the sack about 1 . . . I was still wired from the win and, inspired by RBI, got a ticket to the opening game, which pumped me up even more.

    • WBBsAs

      I wish I could get six hours’ sleep one of these nights.

    • RBI

      I am still buzzing.

  • WBBsAs
  • WBBsAs
  • Dodger roster predictions/guesses from Howard Cole.

    • HLKLA

      I especially agree with him concerning Vin. Let the man enjoy his retirement.

  • Via Cole’s Forbes article below, Jonah Keri of CBS Sports says the high payroll doesn’t mean the Dodgers bought their way to the World Series. He points out that $92M of the $242M payroll went to players who barely played (Ethier, A-Gon) or guys long ago traded or let go (Crawford, Kemp, Olivera, Romo).

    Additionally, Cole points to Tyler Kepner’s ode to Kershaw in the NYT.

  • WBBsAs

    On the self-promotion front, I’ve written a short blurb on a link – so to speak – between Hawai’i and southernmost South America… http://tinyurl.com/y8dcelcv

    • Grins. Kona’s on the west side of the Big Island. Hilo’s on the east. Coffee is the principal crop on that island.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Recall way back when I was living down there that the Japanese were buying up yerba mate, but this was for a canned tea drink sold in vending machines.

    • So I looked at airfare from LAX to BA and was priced out. Can a round trip really be $1K? Or worse, is that one way?

      • Bob_Hendley

        That could be a rountrip tix. Cost me something near that to go down south last year.

      • WBBsAs

        It varies, depending on the season. The upcoming southern summer is the high season.

        Remember, also, it’s a long flight – with a stopover in Lima, about 15 hours.

    • RBI

      Good writing. I clicked, and it clicked.

      • WBBsAs

        Thanks for the compliment, and the click. Feel free to visit any time.

    • HLKLA

      I enjoyed reading the article.

  • WBBsAs

    I think the ‘Stros would be a tougher opponent than the Yanquis, because they could start Keuchel and Verlander in Games 1 and 2.

    • Tanaka, Sabathia and Severino are tough for the Yankees, but it’s their bullpen that’s nasty. They all throw 95-100mph.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Astros up 1-0 and threatening for more.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    3-0!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      That’s it for that scoring . . . end of 5.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        End of 6

  • Bob_Hendley

    How did the ump think that the ball dropped down to the feet of the catcher?

  • WBBsAs

    Magnificent catch by the appropriately named Springer.

    • Wonder how many times he’s had “spaniel” attached to his name after plays like that.

  • Six outs, Astros.

  • Uh-oh.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    3 more outs to Game 7
    Don’t wanna worry about extras in this one . . . rather ensure they play a full 9 manana.

    • RBI

      Looking good.

  • RBI

    Altuve with the stake to the heart. Give one up. Get one back.

  • RBI

    ‘Stros done woke up.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      After tomorrow’s game, both the AL teams have permission to hibernate.

  • RBI

    Game 7!

  • WBBsAs

    Now, tomorrow’s game should go 26 innings, with position players on the mound at the end.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — and a delayed charter flight?

  • Bob_Hendley

    The FO has made 73 trades, here are the top ten that have shaped the 2017 team from Mike P, previously of MSTI and now with MLB and STATCAST. Note, for example, that Hill trade not included, because he subsequently re-upped as an FA. Nor is stuff like not re-signing Hanley.

    http://m.dodgers.mlb.com/news/article/259215230/dodgers-10-trades-that-shaped-2017/

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