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Monday, November 7, 2022

Sportsman of the Week Ending 11/5/2022

Nothing defines October, err, early November, more than the Major League Baseball World Series.  For over a century, the Fall Classic has captured the attention of baseball fans as the Commissioner's Trophy is up for grabs in the seven-game series between the American and National League Champions.  Until 2022, only one no-hitter had been thrown in World Series history.  Make it two.  Houston Astros pitcher Cristian Javier dominated the hard-hitting Philadelphia Phillies for six innings of no-hit baseball for a 5-0 win in Game 4 to even the series at 2.  The Astros would never look back and win the next two.  The stats barely do his effort justice, as there were very few even hints of hard contact and nine strikeouts of his 18 ours.  Unassuming and cold blooded, Javier mowed through the Phillies lineup twice (plus two batters) retiring the final 11 hitters he faced after a couple of early walks.  Leading 5-0, the Astros then used their well-rested high leverage relievers in Bryan Abreu, Rafael Montero, and Ryan Pressly to close out the knock-less box score.  Javier started two games in the postseason with 11.1 innings and just 1 hit.  This was no fluke, and he is the Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!

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