I never said they were gonna win it in 4. In fact, I think you'll find that I said they were lucky to win 1.
The Astros are...clearly the better team, and of course there are gonna be games where they just outhit the Phils. They started Framber Valdez, who NOBODY has been able to hit this year. And then they had people on the mound afterwards that we couldn't get to either. So...this was kinda bound to happen. Also, Jose Altuve getting a ton of hits and being the hero after letting people like Tucker, Alvarez, Bregman and Gurriel take it for a lot of this year was also kinda bound to happen. At the end of the day, he's still Jose Altuve, he's still an exceptional player, and he's gonna just annihilate pitching.
I am a little saddened that Zack Wheeler, the Phils' best starter, got a little battered out there, because if they've gotten to both of our starters and we haven't even had to bring out Gibson or Suarez yet, it's not looking very good for this team in the first few innings. I'm just happy that the bullpen has somehow been efficient so far, and that we can bring out Alvarado and Hand and Dominguez and people aren't hiding behind the couch.
We're going back to Philly for 3 games. With a home crowd in Philly, it's gonna be very loud, and I don't care if you're Lance McCullers or Luis Garcia, it's gonna be hard to get shit done when all of Philly is raining down on ya. Plus, I'm not sure if the shitty umps from last night who robbed the Phils of a home run and nickeled-and-dimed the balls and strikes will be in attendance in South Philly tomorrow night. I certainly hope not.
And we know now that Martin Maldonado's illegal Albert Pujols bats will not be in attendance either. Look, man, if you're using illegal bats and you're STILL the team's worst hitter, it's not the bats that we should be worried about. Machete was NOT LIKE THIS a couple years ago, and now he is entirely defense and losing playing time, rightfully, to Christian Vazquez. If Altuve, jackass that he is, cheats, I get it, because he can go undetected cause he's pretty incredible on the norm. But if you go from hitting .177 to randomly hitting for power...it's gonna look pretty suspect. I don't care if you're Martin Maldonado or whoever.
Look, as frustrating as last night was, this is still a very interesting World Series, and I am insanely invested. Game 3 is on Halloween night in Philadelphia. It has the makings to be a legendary game. All the Phillies' lineup needs to do is show up.