Los Angeles Dodgers’ skipper Dave Roberts was asked late last night how he’s feeling heading into Game 4 of the 113th World Series down 2-1 to the Houston Astros. Alex Wood takes the mound for LA tonight against ‘Stros’ starter Charlie Morton with the home team looking to take a commanding lead in the series. Roberts’ thoughts?
Is he feeling the pressure?
“I think we've just got to go out there and pitch well out of the gate,” Roberts said.
“Obviously this crowd is into it, very educated, very enthusiastic. They've got some confidence over there, that team. And it's up to us, up to Alex to go out there and set the tone, get a quick first inning and get us -- bats got to come alive, keep getting guys on base, getting that big hit. But honestly, I don't think we see it as pressure, just go out and play a good, clean game.”
Houston’s win last night left them 7-0 in Minute Maid Park in the 2017 postseason.
Astros’ skipper A.J. Hinch talked after the second straight win about the home field advantage they’re enjoying thus far this month, playing in front of their enthusiastic fans.
“The energy in the building is second to none. It's loud,” Hinch said. “They're loud from the very beginning. There's energy during batting practice. There's great enthusiasm around our fanbase with this team. They've fallen in love with this team. Anytime you get the comforts of home, whether you're going for a home-cooked meal or coming home for a home game here at Minute Maid, there's something special about it, and our players respond to it.
“We're very comfortable here. I think the belief that this is an offensive ballpark, that we've hit a ton in this season helps. But I think the energy in the building provided by the fans and executed on the field by the players is the most special part of it.”
Though it’s super-jinxy, the Astros have an opportunity, if they can win two more this weekend, to wrap the series up at home.
Hinch was asked what winning at home in Houston would mean for the team and its fans after a tumultuous couple months in the area.
“I want the fourth World Series win,” Hinch said. “I think that's the key for the city. We've got our work cut out. I can really appreciate what this city has gone through, what our team has gone through, but we're going to be able to keep it in proper perspective.
“We represent the city, we wear this patch for a reason. We're proud to be Houstonians; some of us live here year-round.
“To see the city respond to the team and us respond to this city's needs is something that I'm most proud of.”
Will the Astros take another step towards a World Series win? Will the Dodgers even things up? We’ll find out at 8:00 PM EDT.