The 2017 World Series is still fresh in the mind of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Dodgers faithful. Clayton Kershaw at home in the 2017 World Series tossed 11 innings, giving up 1 run and struck out 15. On the road in Game 5 of the World Series and Kershaw’s breaking ball that is once in a generation was thrown 52 times and was not swung and missed once, the Dodgers went on to lose that game by the score of 13-12. The speculation throughout the 2017 post-season was that the Astros were stealing signs, little did we know how far this cheating scandal went and finally MLB released facts that the Astros did in fact cheat on their way to capturing the 2017 World Series title over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Astros are the biggest piece of trash organization in all of sports, the entire roster has some of the most punchable faces in the history of sports. The Dodgers got behind early and then after about 357 straight hits off of the Astros depleted pitching staff the Dodgers took the lead and the boys in blue emerged from the bullpen and shut down the Astros, pretty tough to hit against great pitching when you don’t know what pitch is coming.
Joe Kelly came into the game and threw a 99 MPH fastball over the head of Alex Bregman on a 3-0 pitch. After the walk, Kelly threw over to first base four times and had sharp and fierce tags applied to him by Max Muncy. The situation boiled over after Kelly struck out Carlos Correa who thinks he is Derek Jeter, hey Carlos, you are one of the most overrated players in all of baseball, settle down tough guy. After the strike out, Kelly mocked Correa and argued back and forth with the Astros, the benches emptied but nothing too serious occurred.
This is the game that the Dodgers needed, after a bullshit performance in the final two games of the Giants series, this is the rush of adrenaline that the squad needed to get focused and start to roll during this shortened season that does not allow for a slow start. Mookie Betts had his first good game with the Dodgers, he had two hits and a clutch RBI walk that started the Dodgers rally. Corey Seager continued his hot start to the 2020 season, coming off two years of injuries, he looks phenomenal and that is a sight that Dodgers fans have been waiting to see since the conclusion of the 2017 World Series. Potentially the most surprising performance last night was AJ Pollock, he is a guy who you have to root for and after an awful post-season in 2019 this is the type of game that Pollock needed, the Dodgers gave him a boat load of money in hopes he would be the player he was in Arizona, he has yet to show it but hopefully this is the jump start he needed.
What was I so happy to see last night? The Dodgers bullpen absolutely shove it down the Astros throat. The Dodgers used six relievers after Dodgers starter Walker Buehler exited the game. Adam Kolarek, Brusdar Graterol, Joe Kelly, Caleb Ferguson, Blake Treinen and Kenley Jansen combined for 5 1/3 innings, one hit, zero runs and six strikeouts. This is the combination of arms along with Pedro Baez that the Dodgers need to propel them to the next level and capture their first World Series title since 1988.
The one positive for the Astros is that they have one of my favorite guys ever as their Manager, Dusty Baker. Dusty was swagged out with his tooth pick, wristbands, mask and gloves. He was a little salty after the game calling the Dodgers dirty, which is laugh out loud funny coming from anyone in the Astros organization.
The Dodgers cannot take their foot off of the gas pedal tonight, they need to win the game, go to 4-2 and sweep the Astros in this short, two-game series. RANDY!!! HIT THE MUSIC!!!