On July 31, the Houston Astros looked to the near future when they traded away their long-term plans, acquiring Zack Greinke from the Arizona Diamondbacks for a package of four top prospects. Greinke had been Arizona’s ace, and Houston plucked him from the middling National League franchise with the postseason in mind.
Sending pitching prospects J.B. Bukauskas and Corbin Martin, as well as infielders Josh Rojas and Seth Beer to the D-Backs, they paid a hefty price for the potential future Hall of Famer. But it’s a price worth paying if the 36-year-old Greinke can answer the call in the biggest start that his incredible career demands.
The Astros host the Washington Nationals in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The seventh game of a compelling series was forced by the Nationals on Tuesday, as the club hit three home runs and rode the heroic performance of Stephen Strasburg, who pitched into the ninth inning against a red-hot offense.
On the hill for the opposition, a team who has won all three games played in Texas in the series, stands Max Scherzer, a no-doubt first ballot Hall of Fame inductee, not to mention traditional…