A group of ecstatic Dodgers celebrating their winning the pennant at Wrigley Field after their 11-1 blowout of the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 of the NLCS. Photo courtesy of truebluela.com
THE 113th WORLD SERIES
LOS ANGELES DODGERS vs HOUSTON ASTROS
Number of World Series:
DODGERS: 19th; 10th in Los Angeles
Most Recent World Series:
DODGERS: 1988, beat the Oakland Athletics 4 games to 1
ASTROS: 2005, lost to the Chicago White Sox 4 games to 0
Regular Season Records:
DODGERS: 104-58, National League West Champions, finished 11 games ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks
ASTROS: 101-61, American League West Champions, finished 21 games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels
How They Got Here:
DODGERS: Beat the Diamondbacks in the NLDS three games to none, beat the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS four games to one
ASTROS: Beat the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS three games to one, beat the New York Yankees in the ALCS four games to three
The man responsible for getting the Dodgers to their tenth Fall Classic in Los Angeles, manager Dave Roberts. Photo courtesy of fanragsports.com
GAME 1: Tuesday, October 24th, at Dodger Stadium, 5:00 p.m.
GAME 2: Wednesday, October 25th, at Dodger Stadium, 5:00 p.m.
GAME 3: Friday, October 27th, at Minute Maid Park in Houston, 5:00 p.m.
GAME 4: Saturday, October 28th, at Minute Maid Park in Houston, 5:00 p.m.
GAME 5*: Sunday, October 29th, at Minute Maid Park in Houston, 5:00 p.m.
GAME 6*: Tuesday, October 31st, at Dodger Stadium, 5:00 p.m.
GAME 7*: Wednesday, November 1st, at Dodger Stadium, 5:00 p.m.
*= If Necessary
- All games on Fox Channel 11
Corey Seager, SS – .295 average, 22 HR, 77 RBI
Justin Turner, 3B – .322 average, 21 HR, 71 RBI (.387, 3 HR, 12 RBI in the postseason)
Cody Bellinger, 1B – .267 average, 39 HR, 97 RBI
Yasiel Puig, RF – .263 average, 28 HR, 74 RBI (.414 in the postseason)
Clayton Kershaw, p: 18-4, 2.31 ERA, 202 strikeouts
Alex Wood, P: 16-2, 2.72 ERA
Kenley Jansen, RP: 5-0. 1.32 ERA, 41 saves, 109 strikeouts vs only 7 walks! (3 saves and an ERA of 0.00 in the postseason)
Jose Altuve, 2B: .346 average (AL batting champion), 24 HR, 81 RBI, 204 hits (.400, 5 HR, 8 RBI in the postseason)
Carlos Correa, SS – .315 average, 24 HR, 84 RBI (3 HR & 9 RBI in the postseason)
George Springer, CF: .283 average, 34 HR, 85 RBI
Josh Reddick, RF: .314 average, 13 HR, 82 RBI
Dallas Keuchel, P: 14-5, 2.90 ERA
Justin Verlander, P: 15-8, 3.36 ERA (5-0, 1.06 ERA as an Astro after being traded from the Detroit Tigers – 4.0, 1.46 ERA & 24 strikeouts in the postseason)
Ken Giles, RP: 1-3, 2.30 ERA, 34 saves
KCBS Channel 2’s report of the Dodgers celebrating their N.L. title. Courtesy of Youtube.
A Few Thoughts and An Official Prediction:
Most baseball fans wanted the Dodgers to face the New York Yankees, a team that the Dodgers have had such a long, storied, and historical postseason rivalry with, in this World Series.
I, however, got the opponent that I wanted as to be honest, I feel that with 27 championships, I don’t want to see that pinstriped-team from the Bronx with another Commissioner’s Trophy for a long time.
But with all the young talent that the Yankees have, especially Aaron Judge, that’s a wish that I don’t expect will come true as my prevailing thought upon seeing the Astros shutting them out in winning their pennant was, “They’ll be back.”
My reasoning for wanting the Astros to face the Dodgers is with all that the city of Houston went through with Hurricane Harvey and all the tragedy that went with that, that Texas metropolis – the largest in that Lone Star state – deserved it more.
Plus there’s a nostalgic factor to it all, the Astros having been a division rival of the Dodgers for decades.
But that’s neither here nor there, as I’m fully aware that those Astros will post a challenge to Dave Roberts’ team as they go for their first title.
Justin Verlander has been the key for Houston, in my view the reason why they’ll be the opponent in Dodger Stadium as his numbers in the postseason are lights out.
He (Game 2) and fellow ace Dallas Keuchel (Game 1) will be on the mound for the first two games; if those Dodgers can beat them, their chances at a 7th crown – and 6th in L.A. – will go through the roof.
That will be the key, as well as probably pitching around Altuve as his five homers in 11 playoff games have been ridiculous.
As for those Dodgers, though Jansen’s and Turner’s numbers fly out at you, the impression I’ve gotten about this blue-clad team is that it’s been a complete team, meaning that no one player has had a real career year, but it’s been a team effort of 25 guys that has gotten them to this point.
And have electrified an entire region as SoCal has gone nuts over them, just like in the 1960s and 70s.
Enrique Hernandez after hitting one of his three home runs in the Dodgers’ clinching triumph over the Cubs. Photo courtesy of unionleader.com
OK, here’s what you’ve been waiting for,
My Official Prediction:
Those Astros will be formidable; any Dodger fan who’s predicting an easy coronation-style romp and a four-game sweep can just get that notion out of his/her head right now.
Verlander, in particular, is in a major zone, and I expect him to win at least one game.
Two factors tip the scales for me;
- The Dodgers’ home field advantage, combined with the Astros losing all of their games away from Minute Maid Park in the ALCS
- The Dodgers’ pitching depth, as their bullpen has been more or less unhittable, in my view the number one reason they’re where they are.
That’s why I’m calling it…
DODGERS IN SIX.
And if that prediction holds true, I’m definitely planning on attending the victory parade and celebration in downtown L.A.
The bottom line in all of this?
It’s been a long time; I’ve waited nearly three decades for this!
And I’m going to enjoy it.
A celebration 29 years in the making. Photo courtesy of apnews.com