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World Series Game Four Open Thread: Alex Wood vs. Charlie Morton

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The Astros are two wins away from their first title and are undefeated at home during the postseason. Can they wrap it up in Houston or will the Dodgers win a game to shift the series back to Los Angeles?

Members of the grounds crew prepare the field before game four of the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Minute Maid Park.
Members of the grounds crew prepare the field before game four of the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Minute Maid Park.
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On Wednesday night at Chavez Ravine, the Dodgers and Astros combined to hit eight home runs, setting a new World Series record. Los Angeles needed nine pitchers to get through the 11 innings, while Houston used five. Holy cow.

In Game Two of the 1916 World Series, Red Sox starter Babe Ruth allowed a run in the first on an inside-the-park home run. He then proceeded to hurl 13 scoreless innings to earn the win. Brooklyn Dodgers starter Sherry Smith also went the distance in the losing effort, although he had recorded two fewer outs than The Babe when the winning run scored.

Baseball hasn't really changed in the past 100 years, but the way the game is managed sure has. Yes, there have been some rules tweaks, but the game is fundamentally the same. Needing nine pitchers to get 33 outs? Good grief.

Watching the Astros torch one Dodger reliever after another made me imagine it was Judge, Sanchez, and Bird hitting all those moonshots. Then again, if the Yankees had been able to tee off in just one more game against Houston, then it would have been New York hitters against that LA pen.

The Astros are two wins away from their first title and are undefeated at home during the postseason. Can they wrap it up at Minute Maid Park or will the Dodgers win a game to shift the series back to Los Angeles?

Meanwhile, the Yankees continue their search for a new manager. They just might find that the person most qualified for the job is Joe Girardi.

This is your Pinstripe Alley open thread for the day. Act accordingly.

p.s. If you don't want to listen to the Fox announcers, try tuning in to the Dodgers radio feed through MLB.com or iHeart radio. Rick Monday does some great color commentary.

Today's Lineups

LOS ANGELES DODGERS HOUSTON ASTROS
Chris Taylor - CF George Springer - CF
Corey Seager - SS Alex Bregman - 3B
Justin Turner - 3B Jose Altuve - 2B
Cody Bellinger - 1B Carlos Correa - SS
Yasiel Puig - RF Yulieski Gurriel - 1B
Logan Forsythe - 2B Josh Reddick - RF
Austin Barnes - C Evan Gattis - DH
Joc Pederson - DH Marwin Gonzalez - LF
Enrique Hernandez - LF Brian McCann - C
Alex Wood - LHP Charlie Morton - RHP