It’s exciting times for the city of Los Angeles right now. The Lakers and Clippers season has just tipped off. The Rams and the Chargers are in mid-season form, and hockey is also in the background. But most importantly, the Dodgers are in the World Series for the first time since 1988.
The Dodgers are set to face off against the Houston Astros tomorrow at 5:08 pacific time. This is the first World Series for the Dodgers since 1988 and the first World Series for the Astros since 2005. Both teams had tremendous regular seasons, eclipsing over 100 wins. In fact, the two sides are the first pair of 100-win teams to meeting in the championship since 1970. We indeed have a Fall Classic on our hands this year.
The Astros were our desired opponent for the Dodgers. That by no means is a knock on the Astros because they are a great team. But this Dodger team just looks like they can out manage this club.
The Astros are similarly built on youth and a sprinkle of veteran leadership, headlined by the AL MVP front-runner, Jose Altuve. The Astros, like the Dodgers, went all in this season by making a big trade to bolster their starting rotation and traded for Justin Verlander after he cleared waivers.
During the July 31st deadline, the Astros’ front office was criticized for sitting tight at the trade deadline. Ace starter Dallas Keuchel was disappointed, to say the least by the way management had handled the situation. That notion quickly changed after the front office traded three prospects for their secondary ace Justin Verlander.
Verlander has been a vital part to the Astros success this season, and now the Astros look to ride him and Keuchel to their first World Championship.
Statistically, the Astros ranked first in the league in runs scored (896), batting average (.282), on-base percentage (.346), slugging percentage (.478), and hits (1581) during the regular season. They maintained that style of play this postseason averaging four runs per game and leading the league in hits (89). Let’s see how their starting infield stacks up against the Dodgers’ starters.