Saturday, October 21, 2017

Game 7 Hot Links

*On the back of Justin Verlander and, finally, some offense, the Astros forced Game 7. Verlander didn't throw another complete game, but it was another 7IP, 5H/0ER, 8K:1BB. So far this postseason Verlander has thrown 24.2IP, 17H/4ER, 24K:6BB.

*FiveThirtyEight gives the Astros a 52-48 edge in Game 7.
FanGraphs has it 54.7%-45.3% Astros
This SportsLine thing gives the Yankees a 61% chance of winning tonight.
Bovada favors the Astros.

*Altuve, Correa, and McCann each had two hits - Altuve hit a home run and drove in three. Alex Bregman was 1x3 with 2RBI.

I literally love Justin Verlander. The way he goes out there makes me feel like I have to go out there and play the same way he's doing it.

Verlander, on the Astros' offensive explosion:
There was no question these guys were going to break out, it was just a matter of time. Thankfully that wasn't next year.

Springer and Reddick were each 0x4 making them a combined 2x43 this series. McCann was 0x20 before his 5th inning RBI ground-rule double.

Obviously we've been waiting for the big hit for a couple of games. And no better time than for McCann to have a really good at-bat battle, get a pitch he could drive, and then obviously break things open.

Altuve, on his emotional outburst upon getting his first hit since Game 2:
I'm not a guy that shows a lot of emotion while I'm playing. But I didn't realize what I was doing. I was just let yourself go. And I hope I didn't offend anybody. I was just happy because I was helping my team. And I think it's very understandable because of the situation, and the importance of the game that we are playing.

*Yankees reliever David Robertson:
I just went out there and got my butt kicked. They were all over me. Every pitch I threw, they hit.

*ESPN's Sam Miller took a look at the two 3-0 counts Verlander worked out of last night.

*Jenny Dial Creech: The Astros did all the little things right last night.

*Richard Justice: Game 7 is where legends are born. Hinch:
We felt confident coming back for Game 6. This is a difficult team across the way. We're also a difficult team to close out.

*Read about Justin Verlander and his nine towels, from Jeff Passan.

*Hinch tabbed Charlie Morton to get the Game 7 start:
He's been one of the unluckiest pitchers in the postseason. He's not been hit hard, given up a couple of runs here and there. We just feel like with regular rest, he's a great option.

Expect a quick hook for Morton if he continues to stay unlucky, with McHugh to follow him.

*Dallas Keuchel will be available out of the bullpen for tonight's game. Keuchel:
No pitcher is going to be in the dugout. They're all going to be in the bullpen - myself included. If things get crazy, I'm your man. I'm your man before things get crazy, hopefully.

I'll use every pitcher on the staff if we have to get 27 outs. You're going to see a game played tomorrow with everybody available, obviously. Probably not Verlander, but he's superhuman, so we'll see how he shows up.

*Joe Sheehan notes that Ken Giles threw on back-to-back days 13 times this year, but last night's 23 pitches were the most he had thrown on the front end.

*Should the Astros win, they can throw Keuchel in Game 1 and Verlander in Game 2.