Whatever happens today, these will be the last MLB game lines we’ll see in quite a while. The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Houston Astros 3-1 on Tuesday to force game 7 of the 2017 World Series, and for as much as people who bet on MLB games would like to see these two play ball forever, the fact remains that all good things must come to an end. These series has been, all things considered, like a box of chocolates; you just can’t get enough of it, and when it’s all done, you lick the inside of the empty box in hopes to retain some of that sweet flavor.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 1, 2017
“Six games of nonstop great baseball,” Astros shortstop Carlos Correa said. “It’s got to be considered one of the best [World Series] of all time.” It certainly one of the most hard fought in history, being only the 39th winner-take-all game out of well over a hundred World Series, as well as the first time since 2001-02 that the October Classic has gone to seven games two straight years.
“This Series has been back and forth,” Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. “And two incredible teams, trying to get to the finish line. Obviously it’s good for our sport.” His LA counterpart, Dave Roberts, added that “It seems fitting” to have “the two best teams in baseball going head to head,” two teams that “mirror one another.” All things considered, Sumo monster trucks atop Cobo Hall have nothing on this clash of the titans.
- Date: Wednesday, 1st November
- Time: 8:15 PM
- Venue: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
- Sportsbook MLB game lines:
Houston Astros +1½ (-140) 7½ (-105) +156
Los Angeles Dodgers -1½ (+120) 7½ (-115) -166
Empty the tank, and let ‘er rip
That’s how Astros third baseman Alex Bregman succinctly described his team’s mindset entering this, the most important game of their careers. It certainly should be starting pitcher Lance McCuller’s (RHP, 1-0, 2.95 ERA, 16 K) mindset. He didn’t exactly set the world on fire in game 3, but striking out three, walking four, and allowing the Dodgers three earned runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings was enough to get the win on that occasion – the only Houston starter, and one of just two starters from both teams, to get a win this World Series.
Darvish in one hand and you know what in the other
Darvish (RHP, 2-1, 4.15 ERA, 14 K) allowed the Astros four earned runs on six hits with just five outs and one swinging strike. He was, consequently, knocked out of the game before the end of the second frame. “I threw the bullpen session [between starts], and my slider is getting there, and it’s better,” the Japanese said. “I can’t pay that much attention to what happened last time. Just focus on [Game 7] and have a good game.”
Game six was rather modest, scoring-wise, and the 3-1 score mean the total went under what the MLB game lines had projected.