Houston and Los Angeles settle things tonight. Astros’ right-hander Lance McCullers, Jr. and Dodgers’ right-hander Yu Darvish are starting in the final game of the 2017 season, Game 7 of the 113th World Series takes place in Dodger Stadium, where the two teams will decide things at 8:00 PM EDT.
Will the Astros win the first championship in franchise history?
Will the Dodgers win their first World Series in 29 years?
We’ll know by the time the night is over... or maybe early in the morning.
Houston had a chance to end things last night, but dropped Game 6, 3-1, so now it’s all on the line tonight.
Astros’ skipper A.J. Hinch’s message for his team heading into Game 7?
“Come ready to play,” he said. “This is the biggest stage, the best stage, opportunity to win the World Series in Game 7. That was immediately the message when the last out was made.”
A reporter, noting that the Astros have shown that they have an ability to bounce back this season, asked Hinch how he thought his team will respond after last night’s loss?
“If you carry any baggage into Game 7 of the World Series,” Hinch said, “... then you're certainly misguided with your attention. We will come as positive as ever, ready to play. It is what looks to be one of the most exhilarating games that we're ever going to be a part of. Who can guarantee that you're going to be in Game 7 ever again.
“Come ready to play. Have your best attitude, have your best opportunity.”
Dodgers’ skipper Dave Roberts said he and his team are ready for the challenge.
“Never been a part of a Game 7,” he said. “So this is when you're a young kid and you're kind of trying to play through all the heroes and heroics and talking about a Game 7 in the World Series, and here we are. I know that we’re happy to be at home. And tonight was very energetic, exciting. I know we love being in front of our fans, and I know we'll be ready to win a baseball game.”
With the back-and-forth nature of the series so far, Roberts said it made sense that this one will be decided in seven games.
“I think it seems fitting,” he told reporters last night.
“You've got the two best teams in baseball going head to head. Like we've talked about from the beginning, these two teams mirror one another. And the compete and fight in both teams is the most important thing I see as similarities. But, again, we worked all year long to have home-field advantage, and here we are. It's only fitting for this series, yeah.”