World Series Bats Come Alive As Houston Strikes Back

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Thursday, October 26th, 2017
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The Houston Astros struck back in Game Two of the World Series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers knotting up the series as both teams set a record for most combined home runs. The two combatants connected for eight home runs in the contest setting a World Series record as the Astros tipped the betting odds in their favor returning to Houston. Surprisingly the MLB betting odds for the World Series still has the Dodgers as a slight favorite for Game Three as the Astros return home.

Houston managed to get to the Dodgers bullpen last night which hasn’t been done all postseason as Brandon Morrow, Kenley Jansen, Josh Fields and Brandon McCarthy were all touched up for runs in the 7-6 victory. To this point, the starters for both teams have been very effective keeping their respective teams within striking distance.

The hit brigade was kicked off by back to back homers by MVP candidate Jose Altuve and Carlos Correra in the 10th inning off Fields. The Dodgers answered in their bottom of the inning but it was all for not as the Astros tacked on two more in the 11th inning to send Houston home with the series split.

Game three will see Yu Darvish take the bump for the Dodgers while the Astros counter with Lance McCullers Jr. at Minute Maid Park. The Dodgers acquired Darvish from the Texas Rangers at the trade deadline for the playoffs and thus far he has not disappointed. Thus far he has only surrendered two runs in two postseason starts for Los Angeles.

The 24-year old McCullers has been equally as good in the playoffs giving up only 3 runs in two starts and an impressive appearance out of the bullpen in Game 7 versus the New York Yankees. Both hurlers will have to be on their game tomorrow night if they plan on stopping the potent offense of either one of these teams.

Both the Dodgers and Astros reigned victorious in over 100 games during the regular season so neither team is a stranger to winning. Undoubtelrly Game Three will bring much of the same as the previous two games and the World Series gains full steam in what has been a very entertaining series to watch thus far.

No doubt pitching will once again reign supreme, it now remains to be seen which squad will be more dominant from here on out.

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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

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