You know, I feel bad for Clayton Kershaw. The poor guy is so trapped in his head that he cant be trusted in the match, and he has now cost his team a shot in the World Series to get a third consecutive season. Kershaw was notably beaten up by the Nationals first in game two and picked up a loss that enabled the Nationals in Washington to tank match three to set up for last nights game five. The Dodgers decided to pass starting Kershaw in the greatest game of this season, and chose to go with second-year guy Walker Buehler.
And Buehler did a terrific job of giving his team a chance to win and advance as he left the match with a 3-1 lead after throwing 117 pitches undamaged and outdueled Stephen Strasburg. The Dodgers then generated what I can only describe as a choice to bring Kershaw to the game with two outs in the seventh inning. Wow theyre really likely to bring in Kershaw to blow the game, I thought to myself, as I watched the game unfold?
And six rebounds later, the harm had been done. Kershaw struck out the first batter he faced about four pitches to get the Dodgers. But they both left the ballpark as Anthony Rendon, and in the eighth, he also threw two rebounds, along with Juan Soto both basted monster bombs to tie the game up at three runs apiece. It turned out to be a blow to the Dodgers, and Kershaws future with the team must be now in doubt.
Because they loaded the bases with no outs to start the inning, in the cover of the inning, the Nats came out strong. The bases then cleared with a grand slam home run to blow the game open and then give a four-run lead in the extra frame to the Nationals. Then, and only then, did Dave Roberts Choose to bring in his closer Kenley Jansen. ?? The games last few innings will come down as one of the managerial gaffs I have ever seen, Roberts simply gave the game away.
In authentic LA manner, the fans began moving to their cars prior to the Dodgers even came to bat, and a one, two, three inning in the bottom of the tenth sealed the deal as the Nationals picked up the enormous mad, and we all cashed a enormous underdog ticket (+151)! The Dodgers neglect to advance past the first round of the playoffs after winning a 106 matches in the regular season. What a disappointing ending to a season in Hollywood. For the pick of today, we will check in on a second game five as the Astros play with the Rays.
The Tampa Bay Rays have proven a lot of heart to get back into this series with the Houston Astros after losing the first two matches of the series, but that will be all for naught if they cant find a way to win tonight in game five at Houston. By shutting down this Houston offense, the Rays have already now managed to claw their way back in this show.
The Astros have scored just seven runs after completing the regular season as one of the top teams in the sport. For Houston, they are trying to prevent what happened in the National League on to Los Angeles, and that is losing at home in game five of the series because the number one seed.
Starting for the Astros is Gerrit Cole (1-0 0.00 ERA), and for the Rays its Tyler Glasnow (0-1 4.15 ERA). The game is put at seven runs. The Astro are big -260 home favorites. First pitch is scheduled for 4:07 PM PST from Minute Maid Park in Houston.
The question in this game would be can Gerrit Cole replicate his performance from game two of the sequence? If he could, thats pretty much a wrap for Tampa Bay. Cole had one of their greatest pitching performances in recent memory as he pitched two-thirds of an inning of baseball and seven, allowing four hits and striking a Astros playoff record fifteen. The Rays wont have much of a chance at pulling off the upset, When he does anything close to this performance tonight.
But that is the thing we were saying with Justin Verlander on the mound for Houston in game four, and him hurried in less than four innings from the match. Will it be tricky to slow Cole down? Absolutely. Is it impossible? No way.
The Rays will start Tyler Glasnow in game five, but I would not expect him to be around too long. The Rays have used their bullpen a whole great deal in this series, and that versatility lets them play from the onset of the match with matchups, and unless Glasnow is extremely great, I doubt that he will pitch tonight to four innings or more than 3.
In match one, Glasnow pitched four shutout innings, however, allowed two runs. I dont think the Rays will create the exact same mistake of leaving him in the game for a long time tonight.
I need this particular match to be won by the Rays. It is good for baseball when the underdogs win. And that my heart is pulling for the Rays. However, my brain knows that Houston is unbeatable at home, and Cole is at the top of the game. So, I wont force myself to take a stand to the negative in this one. However, where I will take a stand will be on the total.
Seven runs is about as low as you are ever going to see a match complete. And I despise taking under a number so low, its just really difficult to remain under. In which runs were hard to come by, we saw an instance of that last night at the Dodgers game, and it still ended up moving over. 1 inning and your underneath is blown. However, that said, I am still likely to jump onto the under in this one.
The Rays have figured out if they drain their match , down this Houston lineup cans slow . And with Cole about the mound for Houston, I really dont observe the Rays scoring runs. This may end up being one of those 1-1 games which gets decided on a sac fly . I anticipate another classic of a game and will take the below seven runs.

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