The Astros dropped the first game of the World Series. Let’s break this one down.
After a wonderful ending to the ALCS, the Astros flew off to Los Angeles looking to start the World Series right where they left off. A Tuesday night date with Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers awaited them.
But it just wasn’t meant to be with a 3-1 loss tonight.
Offense Struggled against Clayton Kershaw
Kershaw put together a great performance against the best run producing offense in 2017. Besides a solo home run by Alex Bregman, the Astros were unable to get a run across the plate. George Springer, Marwin Gonzalez and others continue to struggle. The Astros faced both Brandon Morrow and Kenley Jansen, so they’re exposure should help moving forward. Hopefully.
Keuchel Was Better than the Score Showed
Dallas Keuchel pitched 6.2 solid innings, allowing three runs on six hits and three strikeouts while allowing only one walk. All three runs crossed the plates via home runs by Chris Taylor and Justin Turner. Keuchel produced many double plays and even more ground ball outs. Besides the home runs, Keuchel threw quality pitches. Two swings made a difference in his outing tonight.
Brad Peacock and Chris Devenski Came Through
Brad Peacock replaced Keuchel in the seventh inning. He earned the last out of the inning, even though his slider has been less than stellar during this postseason. He pulled several sliders out of the zone, showing his feel is off with this pitch. Chris Devenski followed in the eighth inning. He managed two strikeouts in the inning. He looked much like the Devenski we grew to love in the first half of the season. As long as Devenski maintains his mechanics, and staying towards home plate throughout his delivery, he will find his rhythm.
Although this was a loss in the World Series, the game was much closer than the score reads. With Justin Verlander taking the mound tomorrow, the Astros look to even this series. Game 2 is gonna be must-watch baseball.
**Statistics courtesy of MLB.com**