Stunning RISP LOB Wood Falters Base Hits AWOL Astros Down 2-0
Baseball games, for those new to this space, is a game won by the team scoring the most runs. This typically is accomplished by hitting balls properly in the strike zone, putting the ball into play in the field and advancing your players through the bases all the way back to the starting point, or Home Plate. Each person to complete the cycle commits one point or run, to your total.
Over the past two nights in perhaps the biggest set of games in the world, oh yes, The World Series, the Houston Astros have come up woefully short on advancing runners on base.
Let me apologize for the aforementioned woeful sarcasm because woe is all it is. The hometown nine picked the worst part of the season to fall into a batting malaise that has spread locker to locker through the Clubhouse like a sticky chocolate bar in kindergarten.
But just consider: in the first two games of the 2019 World Series the Astros have left seventeen runners on base. Let me spell it out that's: 17 with a capital one and a capital seven. I'd repeat the number a few more times, with italics, in bold, underlined, all of the above but my editor's eyes would frost over and we don't want that. But let me solidly affirm that seventeen left on base in two games is woefully toxic.
But it's too one-sided to pick the scab everyone know's is hurting the Astros, the lack of consistent hitting and hitting in the clutch. Stranding the runners they had on base is one facet of the game. On Tuesday night Gerrit Cole went to the mound not having lost a game in five months and got shelled. Wednesday night Justin Verlander struck out six and the fourth was his 200th career post-season SO, but neither hurler got a lot of support from the offense. The Nationals hits came early and often but Wednesday it was the Washington sixth when the hinges broke off the Astro door.
Kurt Suzuki's leadoff hit lit the fuse on a Nat's battering ram sixth inning that stunned the hometown crowd and seemingly the hometown team. The Astros theme this year has been 'Take it Back' meaning the trophy with all the pennants. At this point let's just hope they can Make it Back to Houston for Game Six on Tuesday.
Game Four is in Washington, game time is 8:07 pm on Fox, Friday.