NEW YORK, NY – The end of baseball hostilities came Wednesday night when the Astros dispatched the Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series. Last night, the J-E-T-S made DJ Eberle miserable, beating Da Bills 34-21 in another Thursday Night Football game nobody watched. Meanwhile, the NY Giants are in chaos. But the biggest story could be the NY Rangers righting their lilting ship.
Let’s start on the diamond.
It was a great Fall Classic and it’s good to see Houston finally win one after a half-century of trying. The series had its share of great pitching and terrible pitching. It’s a shame one of those terrible performances came in Game 7 when Yu Darvish put on his best batting practice performance. His combined line for Games 3 and 7 read like a slow-pitch men’s softball pitcher’s. 3.1 IP, 8 ER. After the Yu-Man got the hook in the second inning, Clayton Kershaw, who probably should have started the game, came in and shut down the Astros for four innings. But the five-run Dodger hole Darvish dug was too much for them to climb out of.
In the end, I think the better team won. Both teams put together spectacular seasons, but the ‘Stros lineup from top to bottom was more potent and consistent. It was too much for the Dodgers, who will go back to the drawing board and probably spend another $400 million to get back to the fall classic.
Now that baseball is finished, and with the Giants being truly awful to the point that I’ll let the picture speak for things… we can focus on hockey.
The New York Rangers were off to a terrible start this season. They couldn’t put together a full 60 minutes of good hockey and their lapses cost them a peck of points. The defensemen have been terrible and the offense has struggled to score. Alain Vigneault hasn’t helped matters by shuffling the lineup and switching the defensive pairings almost every game. There have been a number of questionable lineup decisions that have left some of the better players out of the lineup. This all led to talk that Viggy would get the axe if the team didn’t put in a good performance against the Las Vegas Golden Knights Tuesday.
Trailing by two goals heading into the third period, and the boot placed firmly on the Vigneault.s neck, the Rangers put in a powerful performance to right the ship. The Blueshirts scored four goals in the third to win 6-4. The win came against the Knights’ fourth-choice goalie, but the Rangers backed the performance up with a hard-fought 2-1 overtime win last night against the Lightning in Tampa.
The wins have saved AV’s job for the moment, for better or worse. The Broadway Blues hope to get two more points tomorrow when they take on the Florida Panthers. They are still near the bottom of the Metropolitan Division, six points off the pace, and have played more games than most of the other division teams. The road back is long, but they still have 68 games left to get it together.
Oh, and how about those Knicks?
That’s all for me. Come back tomorrow for Junior Blaber talking smack from the back of Houston’s band-wagon. And please check us out on Twitter: @Different_Matt, @MeetTheMatts & @Matt_McCarthy00 & Instagram @MeetTheMatts and like our Facebook page, Meet The Matts.