"We've been playing playoff baseball since late May," said National General Manager Mike Rizzo, whose team seems to thrive. So far in the World Series, they are beating Astros at their own game.
The Astros win with lazy dominant pitchers. But Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg of Washington (four runs, 11 turns) were a little better than Gerrit Cole and Verlander (nine runs, 13 turns), and the National hitters wore Houston's arms with sophisticated clubs.
Remember: while Astros hitters had the lowest number of strikeouts in the main ones, National hitters had the fourth lowest, with a percentage of 0.445, which ranked third in the national ranking.
"They are dynamic, top to bottom," Verlander said. "I don't think I paid much attention because they are in the National League, but you start preparing for this formation, I think they are much better than they deserve credit. They can beat, and they work with you. They have a good approach and adjust from stick to stick. It's a routine. "
Despite all the justified excitement about the revs in this World Series, matches have so far been commonplace, combining a running average of 4.88 and allowing 37 base runners to hit or walk 24 entries.
In game 3, the Astros will feature Zack Greinke, who has 6.43 E.R.A. this month and lasted five entries only once in three matches. Maybe your shrewd style works better than the power of Cole and Verlander, but your margin of error is small.
“The throwing style begs that throwing is more important when you play cat and mouse – speed, pace change, tempo change, fast high ball, multiple broken balls, that's your throwing style, Manager AJ Hinch said.