10/07/2004 3:25 PM ET
GM: Game 2 enormous for Astros
Hunsicker calls contest the biggest game in club history
By Jim Molony / MLB.com
ATLANTA -- Houston's win in Game 1 of the National League Division Series has made Thursday's Game 2 all the more important.
"In my opinion, today's game is the most important game in the history of this franchise," Astros GM Gerry Hunsicker said during batting practice prior to Game 2 on Thursday between the Astros and the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.
The Astros have never won the first two games of a postseason series when opening on the road. They won two straight at home against Los Angeles in 1981 before losing the best-of-five series to the Dodgers.
"It's so important because of what the outcome means to the rest of the series," Hunsicker said. "If we win today, we'd go up two games to none, and if that happens, you'd obviously have to feel very good about going home with a 2-0 lead. On the other hand, if we lose, we're back to even with them."
In the latter scenario, the Astros would be going home even, but would have used their two best starters, Roger Clemens and Roy Oswalt. Houston has never won a postseason series, and the momentum might shift in Atlanta's favor if it becomes a best-of-three with a possible Game 5 at Atlanta.
"Obviously, we don't want to come back here," Hunsicker said. "If we can get out of here with another win, it would be huge for this team."
Jim Molony is a writer for MLB.com based in Houston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.