Astros: It’s the World Series, and it’s Game 5 — AGAIN!
Here we are, again, Houston. It’s Game 5 of the 2019 World Series. Only this time, it’s the Astros @ the Nationals; an away game. Are you ready?
We’re still making history! What a historic season 2019 has been for the Astros so far. Let’s just stroll down memory lane for a second and let’s look back at Game 5 of the 2017 World Series.
The Dodgers against the Astros at MMP was an epic battle lasting almost six hours. It was a game where leads were traded, a game that went into extra innings, a game ending with a walk-off hit by Alex Bregman in the bottom of the 10th that scored Derek Fisher from 2nd. It was a historic game that went down in victory, 13-12.
And while most view it as the best game to ever be played, much less the best game ever played in a World Series, that night was quite the roller coaster ride for fans and players alike!!! With countless highlight reels combining to garner upwards of 3 million views, the reels of that game are repeatedly played by fans and repeatedly posted on fan sites every single day.
The World Series of 2019 hasn’t had one game quite of that epic proportion — YET. However, the four games of the series so far certainly have combined to match the emotional roller coaster that alone was experienced in the historic six hours on that Sunday night two years ago.
But this 2019 WS certainly has been one for the record books. Coming off of a fabulous Game 4 win last night, it alone was an exciting game riddled with history in and of itself.
Jose Urquidy masterfully pitched 5 scoreless innings and retired the last 9 hitters he faced. He is only the third Mexican National to start a World Series game, and only the second to win a game as a starter in a World Series. And let’s not forget that Urquidy started the season in AA.
Even more history was made in the top of the 7th. Alex Bregman’s grand slam made him the first-ever 3rd baseman to have five RBIs in one game of a World Series. And though he has been said to be struggling this postseason, Carlos Correa didn’t miss a beat in predicting that Game 4 would be his breakout game, and Bregman didn’t disappoint. That one swing last night sealed the win for the Astros.
And let’s not forget about our catchers. With Martin Maldonado‘s HR in Game 2, and Robinson Chirinos going yard in both Games 3 and 4, they combine to be the first-ever catchers to hit home runs three games in a row in a World Series.
Game 5 is now the swing game. Gerrit Cole takes the mound once again facing off against Max Scherzer. With the win of Game 4 behind the Astros, the Series is tied 2-2, guaranteeing a Game 6 and placing home-field advantage squarely back in the hands of the Astros.
On Tuesday night, one team will return to Houston one win away from the 2019 World Series title. Justin Verlander will be on the mound, and our chances are pretty good.
I’m sticking with my original prediction — Astros in 6.