The Astros are in big trouble. They lost game 1 on Tuesday night when the Nationals touched the best pitcher in baseball for five runs and entered Game 2 having to scratch some offense. movable Steven Strasbourg to save a split at home. They started off with a good start on this Wednesday night but watched their own land erupt and lost their laughter, 12–3, to head to Washington in a deadly hole.
It is difficult to exaggerate how incredible this difficulty is for the Astros. They need two wins over the weekend to bring the series back to Houston, and they've already thrown Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlender, two of, oh, the three most dominant steels in the American League. Cole and Verlander become the first pair of 20-game winners to lose World Series Games 1 and 2, ever. The best home baseball team this regular season gave up 17 runs in two games in Houston, in matches started by their ace and co-ace . Seventeen works by the road team in two World Series games, in case you're not sure, there are many tracks:
The Nationals hit the first Wednesday night, striking out two in the first inning of an Anthony Rand double. This seemed a powerful spot for the visitors, especially when Strasbourg opened the bottom half of the inning by blowing up George Springer on three pitches. But the Astros got on the board shortly afterwards on a Alex Bragman two-ship bomb to tie the game . If Jose Altuwe had not been thrown to the bases two tests earlier, this would have been a shot forward:
and he and Strasbourg traded without result, relatively clean filings throughout the sixth time . Werlander went around easily enough that manager A.J. Hinch was chosen to send him back to the mound to begin the seventh, even with 98 pits already under his belt. This turned immediately and spectacularly when the old man Kurt Suzuki ripped Worlander's second step on the course of the forward-to-left homer:
as he walked Victor Robles following Suzuki's diaper and was replaced by reliever Ryan Presie. Quick Press foots Trea Turner, but then retires Adam Ethan as a sacrifice victim and Anthony Randon on a harmless shallow fly to reach Juan Soto with two down and first base empty. Hinch, whose team is the first since 1955 to issue no deliberate walks during the regular season, is selected to give Soto a free pass to load the bases and to Howie Kendrick. It was another subpoena that immediately and terribly erupted for the Astros when Bregman was eaten by a Kendrick mosquito on the left causing yet another movement . Now in a deeper hole Presley allows a double, double single to Asdru a Cabrera ball, then relief Hector Rondon gives up another single pitch to Ryan Zimmerman, scoring . To make matters worse, a throwing error from Bregman brought Cabrera around, and j like that, and I sequenced straight from a particularly cruel baseball nightmare, the Astros handed six runs exactly to one well hit the ball.
Basic arithmetic tells you that the damage did not stop there, although Rondon eventually managed to stop the Congo line in seventh place. The Nats scored three more in the eighth to enter junk time and manager Davey Martinez was able to close the last three innings with Fernando Rodney, Tanner Rainey and Jevie Guera at the mound and limit loading and exposure to the most important duo Sean Doolittle-Daniel Hudson. Even the most optimistic fan of the planet's nationals would not have predicted any positive scenarios in which all three of Rodney, Rainey and Guera would put in the same game.
The Astros will be hoping as hell that Zack Gr ei nke can turn his fortune into a Game 3 scheduled for Friday in Washington, just as they will hope the Nationals schedule a starter Aní bal Sá nchez does not have seven more plus lights in the post-season beating in it. From there, things get darker – Hinch had previously planned a day for Game 4 to end when his team faced Patrick Corbin who finished fourth in the NL regular season in strikes and sixth among NL pitchers. in bWAR. The Astros are still the Astros, which means they are absolutely capable of re-enacting the series, and the Nationals are still the Nationals, which means that it can all be a prelude to a devastating heart attack. But with Col and Verlander already spent, the 107-win Astros suddenly face long odds in a series that felt a lot like a coronation upon accumulation. They certainly have shortened their work for them.