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World Series Game Six Open Thread: Justin Verlander vs. Rich Hill

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In Game Two, the Dodgers and Astros combined to hit eight home runs, setting a new World Series single-game record. They hit seven in Game Five on Sunday, giving the teams 22 for the series — another record.

Retired announcer Vin Scully addresses the crowd before Game Two of the 2017 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium.
Retired announcer Vin Scully addresses the crowd before Game Two of the 2017 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium.
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In Game Two, the Dodgers and Astros combined to hit eight home runs, setting a new World Series single-game record. They hit seven in Game Five on Sunday, giving the teams a total of 22 for the series — another record. And there's still at least one more game to go, possibly two.

The previous combined record of 21 home runs during a World Series was set by the San Francisco Giants and Anaheim Angels in 2002. That series went seven games.

Maybe we can wish for nine homers tonight? Break the single-game mark again and put the series record out of reach?

The Dodgers' pitching staff has been torched in this series. They carry a 5.21 ERA, 1.307 WHIP, and .844 OPS against. They've given up 27 earned runs in five games.

In contrast, Yankees pitchers gave up only 18 earned runs in seven games to the same Astros team. I've gained new appreciation for our guys, looking again at New York's 2.73 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and .621 OPS versus this Houston lineup. Why, oh why, couldn't we have found a way to eke out just one more win?

Oh well, we can take a tiny bit of comfort in knowing we have at least one more baseball game before the long, cold winter sets in. Tonight's game starts at 8:00 EDT and it's on FOX.

Justin Verlander will oppose Rich Hill. In their Game Two matchup, Verlander gave up three earned runs on just two hits — both were home runs — and lasted six innings. He threw 79 pitches. Hill only threw 60 pitches over four innings, allowing just one run on three hits. He didn't give up any homers.

This is your open thread for the night. Act accordingly.

P.S. At midnight, we commemorate the 16th anniversary of Derek Jeter becoming Mr. November. How time flies.

Today's Lineups

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