Let’s not rehash what we cannot change about the Astros in Game 2. Those last three innings were brutal and there’s nothing we can do about it now.
Let’s just take our cues from the boys and hold our heads up high as the Astros march into Washington and move on to Game 3 of the World Series.
From my perspective, Game 3 looks pretty good. We’ve got Zack Greinke on the mound, and he’s got game.
Just in case you missed it, earlier this season, June 13, 2019, Greinke had a very successful outing against the Nationals!
Our Game 3 starter also has pretty good bat-to-ball skills! In 2019, he sports a BA of .280 in 25 games with 56 PAs yielding 7 runs, 14 hits, 4 2Bs, 1 3B, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs, 1 SB, and 2 BBs. Among his many awards, he also won a Silver Slugger award in 2013.
I repeat: Our Game 3 starter has got game, y’all!
While we’ve only seen a sampling of Greinke’s fielding skills since he was traded to the Astros, the six-time All-Star has received Golden Glove Awards in each of the past five seasons, and he is a nominee for the GG in 2019.
Greinke is most definitely an athlete who fields his position very, very well.
In 2019, Greinke sports a 2.93 ERA with a record of 18-5 and a WAR of 6.4. In his 33 starts and 208.2 innings of work, Greinke has a WHIP of .982 with 187 SOs.
Since being with the Astros, Greinke has gone 8-1 with an ERA of 3.02. In his 10 starts, he’s pitched 62.2 innings with 52 SOs, a WHIP of 1.069, and an average of 7.5 SO/9.
Greinke is a master of his craft and an artiste on the mound, being both creative and deliberate. Expanding on the painting talents of our latest addition to the pitching staff, most know, Greinke is a former Cy Young Award winner (2009). But many may not know that he was in the top 10 for the prestigious pitching award in 2013 (8th), 2014 (7th), 2015 (2nd), and 2017 (4th).
On the other side, in 30 starts, Anibal Sanchez, has a record of 11-8, shows an ERA of 3.85 and a WAR of 3.3. He’s pitched 166 innings with 134 SOs and a WHIP of 1.271.
And on the offensive side of the plate, Sanchez has a BA of .115 in 27 games with 56 PAs, 1 run, 6 hits, 1 RBI and 24 SOs.
We all know that numbers don’t tell the entire story, but after reviewing this information, I for one am very excited for Friday night and what it promises for Astros fans.
This team has what it takes, and that’s why we’re here. The war called the World Series is far from over. Go ‘Stros!