Yu Darvish will start for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Lance McCullers, Jr. will start for the Houston Astros. Those are about the only two things we can count on as certainties in tonight’s World Series Game 7, though, as both managers will be crunching numbers and pulling strings as early as they possibly can in this final game of the 2017 MLB season.
It’s a series that has featured more dingers than any other, more extra inning dingers than any other, and seemingly more wild WPA swings than most every postseason contest I can remember. That it has to end with one final game is somewhat brutal, though I’m sure Brandon Morrow will probably appreciate in the long-run that he won’t have to make 27 appearances in this particular World Series.
People will remember the 2016 World Series ad infinitum because of who won, but I just get the impression that we’ll remember the 2017 World Series in a similar light because of how it is won - namely, I think there’ll be a big fireworky dinger that seals this deal at some point well after midnight ET.
I’d wager that neither Dave Roberts nor A.J. Hinch have slept a lick in a week, yet tonight they’ll be tasked with being micromanagers on the biggest of stages. This - and some good old fashioned dumb luck - is why they get paid the big bucks.
Let’s do one last baseball.