Astros vs Nationals World Series Game 7, Zack Greinke and Max Scherzer face off
By Brian Murray
It doesn’t get any better than this, Game 7 of the World Series in Minute Maid Park. Astros have Zack Greinke on the mound facing Nationals Max Scherzer.
It all comes down to this. After 162 regular-season games and 17 postseason matches, one game will decide who takes home the World Series Trophy. If Game 6 was any indication, Game 7 should be full of drama and intrigue as the Astros put up Zack Greinke to face Max Scherzer of the Nationals.
The crowd in the stands will be loud, the atmosphere will be tense, fans at home will be glued to their televisions. Both teams will go all out. They’ll do whatever it takes to win this final duel. Starting pitchers may be relieving starting pitchers. There are no more games left, it’s no holds barred.
This will be Greinke’s fifth postseason game and second World Series game of the year. If you look at this season’s numbers, you might be a little nervous. In those four games and 18.2 innings of work, Greinke has a 5.30 ERA and surrendered five home runs.
But Greinke settled down in the last two games, Game 4 of the ALCS and Game 3 of this World Series. He gave up just one run in each game while striking out 11 batters in nine innings. Greinke was the pitcher on the mound in Washington DC when the Astros started the three-game winning streak. He allowed seven hits, walked three, and struck out six nationals, but still held them to just one run.
Scherzer missed his scheduled start for Game 5 when he was scratched from the lineup due to pain and spasms in his upper back in the vicinity of his throwing arm. He was even warming up in the bullpen in last night’s game if he was needed to keep the Nationals alive, but as we all know that wasn’t necessary.
He has played in five of the postseason games, starting four. He’s 5-0 and carries an ERA of 2.16 in 25 innings pitched. Scherzer faced the Astros in Game 1 and allowed two earned runs on five hits while striking out seven.
As I stated before, it all comes down to one game and it adds up to be a real nail-biter. The Astros were the best team in the Majors this season, so it only seems right that they take home the Trophy. I for one have faith that they will “Take it Back”.