As the sun rises over the United States of America, many of us have questions regarding the future. Who will lead us into a post-COVID World? When will my job come back? Can I see my family on Thanksgiving? The simplest of questions all coming back to the same answer: We don’t know.
And finally, the game of baseball has caught up to the rest of us. The future of two teams hangs in the balance, as the Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros head into the breach once more, with one final game between to decide who heads to the World Series.
And to answer the question on everyone’s mind: We don’t know.
It seemed early on that the Rays had the upper-hand in the series, jumping out to a 3-0 lead, outscoring the former World Series champs 11-5 in the process. The Rays bats and defense bailed out some surprisingly average Rays starting pitching, but as their Ace Tyler Glasnow took the mound to seal the deal and send them to the World Series, Houston woke up.
As Houston climbed back into the series, taking each game at a time, the Astros bats finally broke out, much to the chagrin of every non-Astros fan. The offensive explosion that came from Houston, coupled with their continued excellence on the mound, was a recipe for success. Averaging five runs a game, the Astros pulled themselves even, forcing a winner-take-all Game 7.
And now, as both teams look to extend their 2020 postseason runs, baseball fans are treated with to the greatest finale in all of sports: the Game 7.
Whether it’s in the World Series or the League Championship, there’s simply nothing like the final nine innings of baseball between two teams. And as both teams can tell you, things can turn on a dime in Game 7.
The last two trips to a decisive seventh game for these two franchises ended in wins, but with different season outcomes. In 2017, a year that would end in a World Series win, the Astros bested the Yankees 4-1, punching their ticket to face the Dodgers.
Almost a decade before that game, the Joe Maddon managed Rays advanced to the 2008 World Series, by defeating the Red Sox 3-1. After taking the defending World Champs the distance in the ALCS, the Rays couldn’t quite get past the Phillies, dropping the series in five games.
How will the season shake out for our two ALCS teams in 2020? Only time will tell. But tonight, the season ends for one of them.
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