Prof: Congrats are in order to SomeGuy and his Washington Nationals, who took the bull by the horns and willed themselves to victory. I mean, did the Nats win or did the Astros lose? Little bit of both, honestly. Let’s look how we got there.
Max Scherzer vs Zack Greinke was a matchup of my dreams and it did not disappoint. Scherzer, coming back from literally not being able to move most of his upper body mere days ago, came out Peak Mad Max. Greinke, on the other hand, was the chillest I have ever seen him. Max was rattled early on by a Yuli Gurriel solo homer. He continued to give up hits, but the Astros played themselves by having absolutely no RISP. Houston even bunted against Scherzer, which is probably one of the dumbest things I’ve seen in a long time.
Meanwhile, ZG was a world beyond. Cool as a cucumber, out there looking like the second coming of Greg Maddux both in fielding and in efficiency.
When AJ Hinch did pull Greinke, who was only at 80 pitches deep in the game, he was in a bit of a jam but honestly I still do not understand why he got taken out. And then instead of using Gerrit Cole, who was available and even warmed up a little, Hinch went with the exhausted Will Harris and the garbage human Osuna. I literally do not understand.
Washington had no problem bringing out the big dogs. After Scherzer did all he could do and gutted it out, Davey Martinez chose Patrick Corbin. At first, I was dubious, but Corbin redeemed himself mightily, and in fact, got the win.
Stephen Strasburg was your MVP, and well deserved. The man was outstanding in every way. Anthony Rendon broke the whole thing open and probably could have been co-MVP if we were honest with ourselves.
There’s something really beautiful about long suffering athletes who finally achieve their ultimate goal. Take a look at Anibal Sanchez and Max Scherzer, who have been here before, but finally get to take a ring home.
This brought me to tears. It’s truly beautiful. Congrats to these old warriors, and to the OG National Ryan Zimmerman. I am extremely happy for him because like Chipper Jones, David Wright, and Joe Mauer, Zimmerman has been with one team his entire career and chose to do so. He gets rewarded for his loyalty. That’s also a beautiful thing.