Alright, Game 6. Let’s see what you can do for an encore.
The fifth installment of Houston vs. Los Angeles will undoubtedly go down as one of the best games in World Series history, as the Astros prevailed, 13-12, in 10 innings after five-plus hours of home runs, clutch hitting and seemingly endless back-and-forth action. It continued what has been an unbelievable series thus far, and now we have the first elimination game, as the Dodgers return home with their backs against the wall.
Game 6 is scheduled to start Tuesday night at about 8:20 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on Fox. Those with a cable log-in can watch via Fox Sports Go, but if you don’t have cable or can’t get to a television, you can watch the game online for free via one of the following cable-free, live-TV services if you’re in a select market:
Fubo TV: Fox is included in the “Fubo Premier” channel package.
DirecTV Now: Fox is included in all four of the channel packages.
Sling TV: Fox is included in the “Sling Blue” channel package.
Again, all of these options include a free trial, so you can watch tonight’s game–and the whole World Series–at no cost.
In a rematch of Game 2–which was being talked about as one of the best games ever itself before Game 5 became a thing–with Justin Verlander getting the ball for the Astros, and the Dodgers countering with Rich Hill.
Verlander, who has been near lights out this postseason (2.05 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 29 strikeouts in 30.2 innings), was dominant for most of that one. He was perfect through three innings, didn’t give up a hit until the fifth and ultimately only allowed two knocks through six, but those two hits were big ones–a solo home run by Joc Pederson in the fifth, and a two-run shot by Corey Seager the next inning. The three earned runs ended up being the most he’s allowed these playoffs.
Hill, meanwhile, struck out seven and allowed one earned run through 4.0 innings but was pulled after 60 pitches as manager Dave Roberts tried to manufacture a victory. The Dodgers led 3-1 when Hill left the game, but Houston clawed its way back into before winning in 11.
In three starts this postseason, Hill’s longest outing has been 78 pitches, but he’s been effective with a 2.77 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 19 punchouts in 13.0 innings.
You’d usually expect a low-scoring pitcher’s duel with these two on the mound, but these offenses have simply been playing at another level, combining for 11.6 runs per game during the World Series. As such, no matter how good Verlander and Hill have been, it wouldn’t be surprising if this one again comes down to the bullpens.