The B.O.A.R.D.: Ranking the postseason heroes after a chaotic Game 5
Each October, the MLB postseason belongs to someone or something. Whether it's the Rally Monkey in 2002, Daniel Murphy in 2015 or David Ross last year, October is always dominated by a particular force. With so much good baseball packed into one month, it's sometimes tough to follow all the madness, so we created the Baseball October Arbitrary Rankings Device (The B.O.A.R.D.) to keep track of it all.
Just when we thought we had seen it all with the chaos that was Game 2 of the World Series, Game 5 elevated this Fall Classic even higher in the pantheon of all-time great postseason series.
Somehow, in a game started by Dallas Keuchel and Clayton Kershaw, the two teams combined to use 14 pitchers, score 25 runs and launch seven homers in a 5-hour and 17-minute chaotic baseball mess. The Astros prevailed in 10 innings, 13-12, on Alex Bregman's walk-off single to left field.
Fans entered this October with the expectation that George Springer, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa would perform like superstars -- and they have. But it's been Bregman who has made a name for himself this postseason as a transcendent talent in a Houston lineup already laden with All-Stars. He's been as impressive in the field as he has at the plate, making the extraordinary look routine and the impossible look realistic.
He's been on the B.O.A.R.D. before, but was his walk-off enough to finally earn him the top spot? Check out the video above to find out.