Dusty Does It ! | The Legendary MLBbro Lifts Astros To World Series Victory, Erases Franchise’s Past Sins

Dusty Does It ! | The Legendary MLBbro Lifts Astros To World Series Victory, Erases Franchise’s Past Sins

Dusty Baker and the Houston Astros looked to close out their quest for a World Series Championship in six games on Saturday night. Sure, this would be the Astros’ first championship since 2017, but this one would be different for two reasons.

Number one, the Astros would not have a black cloud hanging over their accomplishment. Number two, Dusty Baker was not the manager of that controversial 2017 team and a victory would finish his goal of bringing back respect to the franchise.

 

Dusty Baker Can Bring Back Two Things For The Houston Astros This Postseason…A Championship and Respect

 

Before the game started, Our MLBbro manager and only representative in The Series, had the most managerial wins all-time without a World Series title. Well those days are over. The Houston Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 to win the World Series and give our MLBbro, Dusty Baker, his first managerial championship after over 2000 wins.

With the victory, Baker became only the third black manager in MLB history to win a World Series title joining Cito Gaston of the Toronto Blue Jays and Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Here are some more accomplishments throughout Dusty’s baseball career…

The MLBbro player:
● 1977 NLCS Most Valuable Player
● 1981 World Series Champion

The MLBbro manager:
● Three-time manager of the year recipient
● 4th manager all-time with 100 wins in a season in both the American and National Leagues
● He’s one of only two individuals in MLB history (Joe Torre being the other) to notch 1800 plus hits as a player and wins as a manager.

For the first five innings of the game, to say nothing happened would be considered exciting. But in the bottom of the sixth inning down 1-0 after a solo home run from Kyle Schwarber, the Astros exploded with four runs spearheaded by an absolute monster three run shot from Yordan Alvarez.

This is how MLBbro.com describes explosions on MLBbro managed teams:

 

 

For Alvarez, this has been the wildest roller coaster ride for any World Series participant in some time. He had three home runs that turned out to be game winners combined with slumps. His home run to close out Game 6 was not the only dinger that powered Baker to his first championship… A three run homer in the bottom of the 9th with two outs in Game 1…

 

 

After a two run shot in Game 2, things went dark (With a 5-42 slump!) until his series clinching bomb to end the Phillies chances. Remember that Philadelphia record-setting home run party in Game 3?

 

 

The Astros pitching and defense shut down the Phillies offense to the point of only three runs in three games and only nine hits over the same span! But as proud as the entire MLBbro.com is of Dusty Baker and his first championship, his most important task was not on the field. It was in a press conference speaking out about the fact that this is the first World Series since 1950 that there are no U.S.-born Black players in this year’s fall classic. A must listen…

 

 

Cameron Maybin Picks Up The Microphone For This Year’s World Series

Cameron Maybin Picks Up The Microphone For This Year’s World Series

In August of 2007 when Cameron Maybin made his Major League debut with the Detroit Tigers, he was the youngest player in Baseball.

Over his 15-year career he had 973 hits, but his first came off of none other than seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens. In just his second game with the big team, Cameron singled for his first career hit. singled for his first career hit.

His next time at bat? Homer. The 20 year-old rookie singled and homered off of the 45 year-old veteran. So, naturally his third time at bat… hit by pitch! 

No one is saying Roger hit Maybin on purpose or anything, but that did happen to be Clemens’s first game back from a five-game suspension for hitting the Blue Jays’ Alex Rios in the back in what the Associated Press called “a testy series.”

Fifteen years later, Cameron made his broadcasting debut with the Yankees’ YES Network as a color commentator and with the MLB Network as an on-air contributor. It’s the MLB Network that has Cameron at this year’s World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Houston Astros. As an on-air contributor, Maybin opines on several different shows on the network and it’s throle that is allowing him to move around covering different aspects of the series. 

Different aspects means doing things like predicting the Game One winner, or breaking down the Phillies’ Game Three, five-home run performance alongside Hall of Fame pitcher, Pedro Martinez.

Cameron incorrectly predicted an Astros win in Game One and correctly pointed out that four of the Phillies five homers in Game Three were hit off of breaking balls, by the way.

Covering the Astros in the World Series puts Maybin in an awkward position. As a player, he won his only World Series in 2017 as a member of the Astros. That, of course, is the year that Houston was caught in a major cheating scandal that rocked the sport.  

Picked up from the waiver wire, Maybin joined the Astros in August of that year where he played the rest of the season as well as six postseason games. There are a lot of haters circling that Astros championship like vultures, but Cam lets that roll right off. 

In February 2020, Maybin told The Detroit News, “Honestly, I feel like things that went on in the 2017 season with the Astros – which I was there for a month and some change – definitely doesn’t reflect how I approach the game and how I play the game.

“Hindsight is 20-20. It’s tough. Being in that locker room, knowing what was going on, we all could have said something about it.”

Analyzing the World Series games from behind the microphone, Cameron Maybin is definitely saying something now.

With Astros Backs Against The Wall, Dusty Baker Inspires A World Series Clap Back | Cristian Javier & Crew Deliver Second No-Hitter In World Series History

With Astros Backs Against The Wall, Dusty Baker Inspires A World Series Clap Back | Cristian Javier & Crew Deliver Second No-Hitter In World Series History

Dusty Baker and his team came into Wednesday’s World Series game reeling and looking to even the series up at 2-2. His team did that and more, making history with the second World Series no hitter ever. It was a combined effort with 25-year-old pitcher Cristian Javier going six innings and four other pitchers cleaning it up and closing it out in a 5-0 win in Game 4.  

The Philadelphia Phillies destroyed the Houston Astros 7-0 in Game 3 and Baker made some questionable decisions during that game. The big one was leaving his starting pitcher, Lance McCullers Jr., in a little too long as he gave up all seven runs in 4.1 innings of work.

But Game 4 was a much different story as Javier, was dialed in the entire game and the offense showed up in a big way.

 

 

Baker did not have much to worry about this game as Javier and his teammates were untouchable up there on the mound. All he had to do was sit back and enjoy that performance by his team. Keep tabs on the game and make sure this was a 5-0 lead his team wouldn’t surrender like it did in Game 1. 

 

 

In the bottom of the fourth, Javier struck out the side and didn’t even break a sweat out there. Baker decided to take Javier out right before the bottom of the seventh inning began. He finished with nine strikeouts and did not allow a hit. Houston was able to break the game open in the fifth inning. The Astros threatened with two men on and nobody out and the ALCS MVP, Jeremy Pena was up to bat against Aaron Nola.

Nola struck out Pena twice before his third at-bat and with the count at 0-1, Pena squared around to bunt, but fouled it off, and Dusty Baker immediately put his head down in what looked like a missed opportunity. But the first rookie in MLB history to win a Gold Glove delivered with his stick and roped a single to left field with the count at 2-2 to load the bases up.

After that Nola’s night was done as he finished with four strikeouts in four innings. The Phillies bullpen did not allow a run during the World Series, but when Jose Alvarado took the mound, he hit Yordan Alvarez on the first pitch and the Astros took a 1-0 lead. That was the Astros first run in 15 innings.

 

And then Alex Bregman, who has a history of having success in World Series games, came through again with a two-run double. Houston ended up putting up five runs in the top of the fifth, which was more than enough. It was all smiles for Baker and his team after a dominating performance. With the series tied, Baker will put the rock in the hands of Justin Verlander for Game 5. Verlander has never won a World Series game in his illustrious career. It’s definitely a legacy game for the two future first ballot Hall of Famers. 

Dusty Baker’s Boyz Get Blitzed With A Philly Home Run Rampage In Game 3 Of World Series

Dusty Baker’s Boyz Get Blitzed With A Philly Home Run Rampage In Game 3 Of World Series

Dusty Baker and his Houston Astros took a gut punch in their Game three loss against the Phillies as they gave up a record number of home runs through the first five innings.

 

The game was originally scheduled to be played Monday night but was postponed due to rain. The day off was a huge plus for the Phillies as it gave their bullpen an extra day of rest and allowed left-handed pitcher Ranger Suarez to take the mound instead of righty Noah Syndergard who the Astros had begun preparing for.

Suarez has been almost untouchable this postseason.  He has a 1.23 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 14.2 innings in the playoffs and got the win in the Phillies Game 1 comeback victory.

Tuesday was no different.  He went five innings, striking out four hitters and gave up no runs.

The Astros now trail 2-1 with their next two games in front of the Phillies faithful who hope to see their team win the World Series for the first time since 2008 when O.G’s. Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins patrolled their infield.

The Astros had their chances to drive in runs and make it a ballgame in both the second and fifth innings with two runners on base but failed at it both times. There was not much Baker could do besides see into the future and find out his starting pitcher would not have any good stuff tonight.

In the first inning McCullers gave up a two-run home run on the first pitch he threw to last season’s National League MVP Bryce Harper.

 

It appeared McCullers may have been tipping his pitches.  After his homer Harper called his teammate Alec Bohm from on deck to give him some advice. On the first pitch of his at-bat, he too hit a home run into the Philadelphia night sky. 

He would only go 4.1 innings and give up seven earned runs including a record five home runs in the first five innings which had only happened once in World Series history. They are only two games away from elimination and another disappointing end to a magical year for Dusty Baker.

If they have any hopes of getting the series back to Houston, the offense will need to drastically improve in order to keep up with the Phillies. The likes of Jose Altuve and Yordan Alvarez have both been quiet this series, The heavy hitters will have to be the two catalysts to lead the comeback.

Game 4 is Wednesday night and will feature a matchup between Christian Javier and Aaron Nola.

Dusty needs to pull a rabbit out of a hat in Game 4.