Although the 2016 World Series is something I’ll literally never forget (I’m a Cubs fan … sue me), this year’s series is rivaling it for overall insanity and intrigue.
Last night, in particular, was an absolute monster of an evening, featuring a combined 28 hits, 25 runs, and 10 innings of World Series baseball. The Astros ultimately outlasted the Dodgers, bringing themselves within a single win of history, but it was a great (roller coaster of a) game all the way around.
But as it turns out, this series doesn’t even need its final champion to make history, because it already has without one. The SIX game-tying home runs through the first five games set a new Major League record for most game-tying homers in a World Series. Unbelievable.
Here’s a quick look at each:
That’s a record, by the way, that’s stood since 1974 (just 12 years after the Astros became a team).
Here are all the players who’ve contributed:
Alex Bregman – Solo, Clayton Kershaw (Gm. 1)
Joc Pederson – Solo, Justin Verlander (Gm. 2)
Marwin Gonzalez – Solo, Kenley Jansen (Gm. 2)
Yulieski Gurriel – 3-run, Clayton Kershaw (Gm. 5)
Jose Altuve – 3-run, Kenta Maeda (Gm. 5)
George Springer – Solo, Brandon Morrow (Gm. 5)
And what I find craziest about this particular record is not the batters who accomplished it, but the pitchers who allowed it. Seriously, take a look.
Verlander, Kershaw, Morrow, Jansen, Maeda … these are some of the very best pitchers in all of baseball allowing HUGE homers on the biggest stage. What an unbelievable World Series.