World Series: Baseball Gets A Dream Match-Up In Astros, Dodgers

by Samuel Abasi Posted on October 23rd, 2017

Houston, Texas, USA: After his terrific regular season and strong playoffs, Dallas Keuchel will get the ball for the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the World Series which begins Tuesday in Los Angeles, where the Dodgers have been waiting to find out who they would be playing.

Keuchel has managed 17 1/3 innings over three starts this postseason, recording a 2.60 ERA and holding opponents to a .268 OBP. The 29-year-old left-hander returned to his 2015 AL Cy Young form during the regular season, posting a 2.90 ERA and 1.12 WHIP, but missed time with a neck injury.

The Houston Astros are headed to the World Series after clinching the club’s first American League pennant by beating the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Minute Maid Park in Houston in a series that went seven games.

The only other time the Astros have made an appearance in the World Series was in 2005 when they lost to the Chicago White Sox.

According to the MLB Stat of the Day: The Astros are the first team to reach the World Series as an American League team (2017) and as a National League team (2005).

Pitcher Justin Verlander was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series, ACLS, authoring an ERA of 0.56 over 16 innings against the New York Yankees. The 34-year-old right-hander was famously acquired moments before the waiver trade deadline expired and has been immaculate with the Astros: In nine starts with Houston, including the playoffs, Verlander has gone 9-0.

MLB.com reports:

“Verlander, 34, was remarkable in his two ALCS starts, going 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA while striking out 21 and walking two. The right-hander allowed one run in a complete-game effort that included 124 pitches and 13 strikeouts in Game 2 to help the Astros take a 2-0 lead in the series. In Game 6, with Houston’s back against the wall, down 3-2, Verlander went to the well again with seven shutout innings and eight strikeouts to help his team stay alive.

Houston was rumored to be a potential trade destination for Verlander all summer, but a deal seemed unlikely when the Astros were unable to work out a deal with Detroit before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Still, Houston’s front office didn’t give up on Verlander and finally inked a deal with the 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner with seconds to spare before the Aug. 31 deadline for waiver trades.”

Justin Verlander gets to start game 2 of the world series for the Astros.

The Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 11-1 Thursday night at Wrigley Field in Chicago to capture the National League Championship Series, sealing it’s first World Series in 29 years.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will send ace Clayton Kershaw to the mound for Game 1 of the Fall Classic in Los Angeles.

Three time Cy Young award winner, Clayton Kershaw, led the league in wins during the regular season performance with ERA and strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.73). He has not been in vintage form since returning, serving up 11 gopher balls in 51 innings while posting a 3.52 ERA, but for the first time during the team’s run of five straight NL West titles, the suddenly bullpen-rich Dodgers didn’t have to deploy him on short rest in the Division Series or wring every last drop of his reserve in the seventh inning. At 17 1/3 innings over 17 days before that fourth start, the extra rest works in his favour.

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