Astros tie series in bananas game
The Dodgers took Game One in rather conventional fashion, leaning heavily on the best pitching in the world as Clayton Kershaw cruised through seven innings. It was a fun game, but nothing too out of the ordinary. Game Two was where everything lost its collective minds. Houston jumped out to an early lead against old friend Rich Hill, but the Dodgers would come back to tie it at one in the fifth. Then, just one inning later, Corey Seager hit a two-run homer to put Los Angeles up 3-1. All the Dodgers had to do was get a good performance from their bullpen, but it wouldn’t happen. Kenley Jansen, the best reliever in the world, came in for the eighth with a runner on second but couldn’t strand him, letting Houston within one. He’d come back out for the ninth, and Marwin Gonzalez tied the game with a home run and sent it into extras. The homers would just keep coming, as Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa started off the tenth with back-to-back dingers, but the Dodgers would tie things up in the bottom half that included a Yasiel Puig homer. Then, UConn grad, Connecticut native and former Matt Barnes teammate George Springer hit was was ultimately the deciding homer with a two-run blast off Brandon McCarthy in the eleventh. The Dodgers would get one back on a solo homer from Charlie Culberson, but it wasn’t enough. Approximately a million late-game home runs later, the Astros had the series all tied up. This might be an okay World Series, and one fitting for the Year Of The Dinger.
Giancarlo Stanton to meet with Marlins after World Series
Giancarlo Stanton, who won the Hank Aaron award for best hitter along with Jose Altuve, was on with Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday night and had a pretty interesting conversation with the late-night host. In part of that conversation, he revealed that he was scheduled to meet with Miami brass after the conclusion of the World Series to discuss his future. It is assumed by basically everyone that the slugger will be traded at some point this winter, as the new Marlins ownership group wants to slash salary and Stanton makes a ton of money. He will be a popular commodity around the league, and you can sure as hell expect the Red Sox to get into the mix. I’ll have more fleshed-out and explained thoughts on this later, but I’ll go on record now and say that the Red Sox probably shouldn’t get involved. Obviously they have to check in, but if the price is as high as most are expecting, that should not be high up on their list of priorities this winter. Still, if they do get him, the good news is Stanton is a game-changing power bat when he’s in the lineup. That’s always fun. Expect him to be the star of the offseason around the league.