Dodgers starter Yu Darvish once again could not finish the second inning of a World Series start. In Game 3, the Astros jumped on him for four runs and ultimately chased him with two outs in the frame. In Game 7, the Astros pounded him for five runs and chased him with two outs.
George Springer started the game off with a double and promptly scored during the next at-bat on a throwing error by first baseman Cody Bellinger, which allowed Alex Bregman to move to second base. Bregman stole third base, then scored on a Jose Altuve ground out.
In the second, Darvish walked Brian McCann to begin the frame. Marwin Gonzalez followed up with a double to put runners on second and third with now outs. Josh Reddick grounded out, which gave Darvish a way to escape the inning with no damage. However, opposing starter Lance McCullers knocked in a run with a soft ground out. Springer came up and ripped a no-doubt, two-run home run to left field, putting the nail in Darvish’s coffin. Brandon Morrow entered and struck out Bregman to escape the inning.
FanGraphs currently puts the Dodgers’ chances of winning at 10.5 percent. It’s not looking good for the boys in blue. The Astros are in a good position to win their first championship.
Earlier today the Major League Baseball Umpire’s Association made multiple posts on social media registering its displeasure at what it feels was the league’s weak discipline of Manny Machado following his run-in with umpire Bill Welke. It was an unusual statement, as it’s not common for umpires, individual or via their union to comment on such matters.
This evening, in an official statement, the league called it inappropriate:
“Manny Machado was suspended by MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, who considered all the facts and circumstances of Machado’s conduct, including precedent, in determining the appropriate level of discipline. Mr. Machado is appealing his suspension and we do not believe it is appropriate for the union representing Major League Umpires to comment on the discipline of players represented by the Players Association, just as it would not be appropriate for the Players Association to comment on disciplinary decisions made with respect to umpires. We also believe it is inappropriate to compare this incident to the extraordinarily serious issue of workplace violence.”
That final bit, about workplace violence, is something that I didn’t really consider when I read the umps’ statements, but it’s a damn good point. In an age where people are literally shooting up workplaces, umpires making reference to that kind of thing in response to a player throwing a bat is pretty rich indeed. And in pretty poor taste.