Game 4 was a little unexpected how in how well the starting pitchers were for each team. Alex Wood performance made the bullpen decisions much easier for Dave Roberts. He needed that because as we have discussed he struggled mightily with those decisions in game 2 and game 3. Bad news from game 44 for Astros, Giles is not useable in my options rest of the series. He looks like a deer in the headlights. Good news, they seem to have figured out something on Kenley Jansen. If nothing other than confidence, the Astros don’t fear Jansen.
Astros suffered there first loss at home last night and that came when the guys I highlighted before the game both had a HR. This is now going to be a must win against the Dodgers Ace, who has been magnificent in the playoffs. The right handed hitters need to have big nights tonight. Bregman crushes lefties, but Altuve and Correa need to step up in the last home game of the year. This is when stars need to perform and they are both stars. Keuchel should be much more comfortable at home. I really think the Astros will score some runs.
The dodgers still didn’t hit the ball until the 9th inning. They won’t be facing Giles to start this game. The lefties who have been doing most of the damage either won’t be in the lineup tonight or will have a tough matchup. dodgers need to work the counts to get into the Astros bullpen. I look for them to be patient to start the game. Turner could play a big part of this game as the best right handed hitter in the Dodgers lineup.
Astros 4 Dodgers 3
I know I’ve taken Astros every game so far. I think this is a must win for the Astros. The Dodgers are tough at home but the Astros have answered the calls at home this year in very important games. Kershaw obviously scares me but Im rolling with the Astros.