The Houston Astros face a Game 7 to decide if they go on to face the Dodgers!
The day is here, Game 7 of the ALCS! The winner goes to face the Dodgers in the World Series. While the loser’s playoffs dreams in 2017 will come to a end tonight. The crowd at Minute Maid Park will be rocking tonight with Charlie Morton in the mound for the Astros.
Hearing that Morton gets the start in a do-or-die game could be a head scratcher, but he is the guy. Yes, Morton gave up seven runs in 3 2/3 innings, but most of it was bad luck. Morton matches up well with the Yankees, plus he would be on regular rest.
Lance McCullers would have started on three days rest after missing time with a dead arm. Collin McHugh would be on normal rest, but he has not started a game this season in the playoffs. During the playoffs this year, McHugh will serve as the long-reliever despite his great outing in Game 3. He threw four shutout innings.
With his one inning performance yesterday, Peacock could be a reliever for the rest of the way. Peacock could also join the inner circle of high-leverage relievers for A.J. Hinch.
This is not a regular season, Morton will have to prove after each hitter that he should stay in the game. As soon as he starts to struggle, they could bring in McCullers and maybe even Dallas Keuchel. Maybe Morton pitches three or four innings, maybe longer, but he must pitch well. All hands on deck, it appears that there will be many pitching changes.
A tough game.
C.C. Sabathia will be tough on the Astros, but they will try to beat him at home. During the 2017 playoffs, the Astros have dominated playing at home. The crowd will help them by cheering on from the stands.
This will be a very exciting game, win or lose. This team has earned this right to play a Game 7 with the chance to go onto the World Series. I’m not going to look too much at the stats, because they mean nothing in a Game 7 situation. This will be a wild game and I hope the Astros finish on the top.
***Stats from Baseball-Reference***