The Houston Astros were defeated 4-2 in game 7 tonight that sent the Tampa Bay Rays to the World Series. Most sane baseball fans were rooting for Houston to fail, so justice finally came. Maybe later than we would’ve liked, but better late than never.
WE’RE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES! pic.twitter.com/DN319UIwaa— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) October 18, 2020
“What are they gonna say now,” Carlos Correa said postgame a few weeks ago.
Well, we’d probably start out by singing you a song a beautiful song by John Denver: “Country roads, take me home to the place I belong West Virginia, mountain mama take me home, country roads.”
Tampa took control early on a first-inning, two-run homer from the eventual ALCS MVP Randy Arozarena. Tampa’s starting pitcher Charlie Morton put on a show, going 5.2 shutout innings with six K’s and a walk. Morton didn’t give up a run all series.
Tampa matches up favorably against the Dodgers and the Braves because of that bullpen. LA runs out the second-best pen in the playoffs, but Tampa comes more prepared to play low scoring games than anybody. World Series being played at Globe Life Field (Rangers home park) won’t do opposing teams any favors as the dimensions favor pitching.
A mid-season torn achilles for Braves ace Mike Soroka makes puts a ton of pressure on Atlanta’s inexperienced starters to perform. Tampa’s young contributors don’t have any type of pressure given what’s behind them in that pen.
If the Dodgers find a way to complete their 3-1 comeback, all eyes will again be on Clayton Kershaw. His resume for choking late in games will again be put to the test with by a pesky Tampa Bay lineup. They just set an all-time record for most strikeouts in a Championship series, but they can still swing it.
See ya later, Houston
Carlos Correa and George Springer earned their stripes this postseason, but some of his teammates weren’t as fortunate. Jose Altuve made a complete fool of himself in the field, and to be quite honest, we were all hoping it came to that. Players have cheated the game before, but their behavior in the following years mattered. All we’ve seen are chippy one-liners out the mouths of Houston Astros and it made this playoff exit sweeter.
We won’t miss seeing the Astros on the field, but their behavior post-game after losing should be entertaining. #ThankyouRays.