Game 7. Probably the two best words in sports. And we got to see two of them in both the NLCS and ALCS. We also had a taste of what would’ve been the second 3-0 comeback in history from the Houston Astros, but they fell short on Saturday night by a 4-2 loss sending the Tampa Bay Rays to their first World Series appearance since 2008. 

Charlie Morton once again had an outstanding performance in a postseason clinching game. He is now 4-0 with a 0.46 ERA in winner-take-all playoff games. In Game 7 against his former team, Morton threw only 5.2 innings and 66 pitches but managed to allow two hits along with six strikeouts.

Standout rookie and ALCS MVP Randy Arozarena started the Rays off in the bottom of the first with a two-run home run off Lance McCullers, who was not able to pitch beyond the fourth inning. Arozarena’s homer was his seventh of the postseason breaking a record for rookies in MLB history, and he’s still got another series to go. Mike Zunino then hit a towering home run in the bottom of the second to make it a 3-0 lead. 

After the Rays were able to tack on another run via a sac fly off the bat of Zunino, the Astros put a little rally together in the top of the eighth. Carlos Correa continued his clutch streak and hit a single with bases loaded to cut it to a 4-2 deficit. Rays pitcher Peter Fairbanks came in relief and collected a big K on Alex Bregman with men on first and second to send it to the bottom half of the eighth.

Fairbanks was able to put the Astros to bed in the ninth and sealed the deal with two strikeouts and a fly ball to Manny Margot in right field for out number three.

As for the LA Dodgers, they were able to come back down 3-1 in the series against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday night with a 4-3 win at Globe Life Field.

Man… you just have to feel for Atlanta fans. But hey, at least the Falcons won a game, right?

Atlanta got out to a quick 2-0 lead to begin Game 7 of the NLCS. Marcell Ozuna drove Ronald Acuna in to begin the top of the first, then Dansby Swanson hit a rocket to the upper deck in left field to lead off the second inning.

On to the bottom half of the third, Will Smith continued his hot streak and drove in a pair for the Dodgers with a single into center field to tie the game.

The definite turning point in this game was in the top of the fourth. Austin Riley drove in Ozzie Albies to take a 3-2 lead with no outs. Then a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third. It was looking troublesome for LA with Nick Markakis at the plate and Acuna in the hole. Swanson and Riley cost the Braves a huge opportunity by running into a double play on a fielder’s choice grounder from Markakis.

Following that very eventful fourth inning, Mookie Betts was able to pull off another unbelievable play in right field, possibly topping the one from Saturday night, to rob Freddie Freeman of what would’ve been his third home run of the series. 

In the bottom of the sixth, Atlanta was still holding onto their 3-2 lead until Kike Hernandez hit a bomb to tie the game. 

Veteran pitcher Chris Martin, who has been one of if not the most reliable relievers for the Braves, began the bottom of the seventh strong with two big strikeouts. But he wasn’t able to hold the tie. The 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger came up to the plate and hit an absolute no-doubter to take the lead 4-3.

I want to make sure that Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias gets the credit he deserves as well for his performance. He entered at the beginning of the seventh and went the distance from there recording both the win and the save for LA. All three of his innings pitched were three up, three down. What an outstanding outing Urias had.

How about the series that the NLCS MVP Corey Seager put together. Although he didn’t make much noise with his bat in Game 7, he did more than enough to help lead the Dodgers to their third World Series appearance in the last four seasons.

The five long-balls and 11 RBIs are a new NLCS record for Seager.

The 2020 World Series will start Tuesday, October 20 on FOX, first pitch at 8:09 p.m at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The starting pitchers for Game 1 have yet to be determined for either team. It’s most likely Tyler Glasnow will be going for the Rays, and we may see Clayton Kershaw for LA.

Here is the full 2020 World Series schedule:
Game 1: Tue, Oct 20 @ 8:09 p.m., Dodgers
Game 2: Wed, Oct 21 @ 8:08 p.m., Dodgers
Game 3: Fri, Oct 23 @ 8:08 p.m., Rays
Game 4: Sat, Oct 24 @ 8:08 p.m., Rays
Game 5:* Sun, Oct 25 @ 8:08 p.m., Rays
Game 6:* Tue, Oct 27 @ 8:08 p.m., Dodgers
Game 7:* Wed, Oct 28 @ 8:09 p.m., Dodgers
*if necessary, All games at Globe Life Field on FOX

The Dodgers have not won a World Series in 32 years. The Rays haven’t won one in their franchise’s history (22 years). Which one seed will come out on top?

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