The sun was just beginning to rise when the
An extra-inning loss in Game 5 left the Dodgers trailing the
“We’re going to have the game of our lives,” Dodgers outfielder
As Puig spoke, most of the clubhouse was empty. Three times the Dodgers' once-vaunted pitching staff had given up leads that would have left the team a win shy of its first World Series championship in 29 years. Now they have to sweep the final two games to end that drought.
Chris Taylor, still in uniform, sat alone in front of his stall, staring into space. Nearby, Cody Bellinger, in shorts and a T-shirt, sat silently checking his text messages.
However, Puig was anything but quiet.
"It's not going to finish Tuesday," he said of the World Series. "There's going to be a Game 7."
The Series on Sunday — and into Monday — produced the second-longest game in history, 5 hours 17 minutes. There were 14 pitchers and 417 pitches, the last thrown by Dodgers closer
"They're celebrating right now," Jansen said of the Astros. "Guess what? They've still got to beat us one more time. And the fact that we're going to go home, we've just got to continue to grind.
"They've got to beat us again. They've got to beat all 25 of us to win."
The Dodgers can thank their best-in-
The Dodgers' advantage at Chavez Ravine extends beyond just having the last at-bat. Going from Houston to Los Angeles means the games move outside, before 55,000 screaming Dodger fans, in a place where the home team had a baseball-best record of 63-25 this season.
It also means no designated hitter, which is likely to send
Houston would seem to have the advantage in starting pitching with Verlander, a six-time all star. Verlander is unbeaten since coming to the Astros in a late-season trade, has a 2.05 postseason earned-run average and has never lost to the Dodgers.
The Dodgers will counter with
If the game is decided by the bullpens — as the rest of the games have — all bets are off since the two relief corps have combined for a 6.33 ERA and four blown saves in five games.
The Dodgers relief corps could be bolstered by Alex Wood, who threw 5 2/3 innings in a story on Saturday, and
"We're determined," said Bellinger, who had a home run and triple in Game 5. "This thing isn't over yet."