Dodgers: A Dodger fans’ guide on who to root for in the World Series
Reasons to root for the Astros
Like the Nationals, the Astros also have three ex-Dodgers although one of them, Yordan Alvarez, never played a game with the Dodgers as he was dealt for Josh Fields. Josh Reddick and Zack Greinke are the other two former Dodgers. Reddick didn’t have a nice fallout with the Dodgers and neither did Greinke who reportedly had multiple run-ins with Yasiel Puig.
Still, Dodger fans have more fond memories of Zack Greinke among the three. Zack put together one of the best pitching seasons in Dodger history in 2015 when he went 19-3 with a 1.66 ERA. Greinke and Kershaw formed a dominant duo although the Dodgers never made it to the World Series with those two in their rotation.
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Just as Rendon and Strasburg could hit free agency, Gerrit Cole will also be a free agent and rumors have him looking for a move west. If the Astros win another World Series, Cole is a near-lock to leave and pursue a hefty contract after breaking out in Houston If the Astros lose then maybe Cole has a change of heart and returns to try again for a World Series ring.
Then there is Jose Altuve who is one of the greatest underdog stories in baseball. Jose was once cut by the Astros as a teenager but made the team on his second attempt and signed for just $15K. Now Altuve is one of if not the best second baseman in baseball and delivered the knockout punch against the Yankees. He may stand at 5’6 but Altuve will one day have a statue at Minute Maid Park that stands much taller.
Ultimately this comes down to whether you’d like to see the Nationals win their first World Series title or if you are still bitter about the NLDS ending and would rather see the Astros and the American League win another title. Regardless of who Dodger fans choose to root for, hopefully, this series ends quickly so that the hot stove can begin to heat up.