The Houston Astros look to even up the World Series as they face the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 on Wednesday.
Game Time: Wednesday, Oct. 25, 8:09 p.m. ET
TV Channel: FOX
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The Astros will likely need a better offensive performance in Game 2 than the three hits and one run they recorded in Game 1 in order to even the series, but the bulk of the pressure rests squarely on Verlander’s shoulders.
The former American League Cy Young award winner and MVP is now in a situation where Houston needs him to be the stopper, and Astros manager A.J. Hinch marveled at his ability to come through in big spots, according to Stats LLC (h/t ESPN.com).
I think the mental focus is just at another level. It’s easy to say, ‘Why don’t you just do that every game?’ But it’s unsustainable throughout the course of the regular season. If you were that mentally focused, you’d just burn out.
The loss drops Houston’s all–time World Series record to 0–5. Dallas Keuchel took the loss, allowing Chris Taylor’s home run on the very first pitch he threw in the game.
The Astros look to bounce back in Game 2, sending ALCS MVP Justin Verlander to the mound against left-hander Rich Hill.