The National League had lost its last 6 World Series games. The Astros were determined to end that streak. Who better than Roy Oswalt at home? Well, it took over 5 hours for Oswalt plus six other pitchers in 14 innings to extend that streak to 7. The good news for the Astros? I don’t think there were many people awake to see them lose.
Extra innings are not fun. They’re tiring. One thing is to do it in the Division Series where your bullpen has a chance to get some rest and bounce back, but to do it in the World Series? Where every game is so critical and where rest is so precious? Yeah, yeah, both teams are in the same predicament…but after all is said and done, Houston is still down 3 games to 0. Forget about the psychological effect of this game for a second. Lidge pitched 1.1 innings. What are you going to do for Game 4? And the majority of the pitches he threw were sliders. Do you know what that pitch does to the elbow? No Lidge, no save, no win. Who else you got left in that bullpen to help you win Game 4? Anyone? Bueller?
In the bottom of the 10th: Why didn’t Garner have Jason Lane bunt the runner over? This is the National League, right? The kings of small ball? Lead off man gets on, has good speed…it’s elementary, right? Instead Garner has him swinging away at the first pitch! And Ausmus swinging on a 1-1 count with Palmeiro basically standing at second base with an easy steal going, "Bro, what are you doing? Take a pitch will you! I’m trying to get in scoring position for you! Help me help you!" Nice teamwork. Typical Wild Card team. What do you expect? Championship caliber baseball? From a team that couldn’t even win its own division? Then men on first and second with only one out in the 11th inning and again, nothing. No surprise. And yet again, in the 13th inning with the leadoff man on and Biggio doesn’t bunt him over. Wow. Taveras doesn’t even bunt him over, you know, for BERKMAN who’s on deck. Oh, I get it. This is the same Garner who managed the Brewers right? I guess losing is a bad habit to kick.
Remember, this was a game the Astros had to win. Not just because it was Game 3 (and the Astros couldn’t afford to go down 0-3); not just because it was Roy Oswalt on the mound; but because the Astros were up in this game 4-0 in the 5th inning. You don’t lose those games. You can’t. Because once you’re down 0-3, you’re out. "But what about Boston? They were down 0-3 to the Yankees, blah, blah, blah…" Boston was down 0-2 to the White Sox this year in the Divisional Series and what happened? And besides, what happened in ’04 with the Yankees didn’t happen in the World Series. This is a whole ‘nother monster. Don’t look at the ’04 Red Sox for inspiration…look at the ’05 Red Sox. You’re done. But thanks for playing the Wild Card.
Right now the Astros wouldn’t know how to win a game even with a bases loaded walk. They’re that bad.
White Sox in 5?