World Series 2017: 100 Win Teams Set For a Dicey First Game
Houston Astros at Los Angeles Dodgers Picks
After months of play and a gritty postseason (well excluding the Dodgers), we have our two representatives for the World Series. This will surely be a hard-fought series as both the Astros and Dodgers have over 100 wins on the regular season. It's the first time 100 win teams have met in a World Series since 1970. It's sure to be a dicey first game, as the temperature is forecasted to be high.
To get here, the Astros needed to take care of the Yankees, which we called here, in a decisive Game 7. This brought our postseason record to 21-6, and we look to keep on rolling in the World Series with some more winners. So keep on following!
The Dodgers opened up as moderate to high favorites and has fluctuated a bit, but is resting around the -170 mark. More money should be coming in on them though, so look for the line to move just a bit more.
The Astros aren't nearly as good on the road as they are at home, but Keuchel should pitch a good game here. Don't get us wrong, Kershaw will be amazing as well, but we only suspect a couple of mistakes from each pitcher. Long story short, this won't be a blowout game in any direction.
Look for a very close game from start to finish.
It's a game of the Dodgers great offense going up against a slightly better Astros offense, and the Astros great pitching going up against the Dodgers slightly better pitching. Expect a 3-2 kind of game, in any direction. That's why we'll take the Astros and their hot bats on the RL.
Pick: Houston Astros +1.5 (-135) at Sports Interaction
The Houston Astros might be underdogs to win the title, but don't count them out offensively. Jose Altuve has proven that he's the best hitter in the league, by posting a .400 batting average in the playoffs, with a .500 OBPm including five home runs and eight walks.
Yuri Gurriel follows with a .366 batting average and .409 OBP. Carlos Correa and George Springer are also back on track. They just need Josh Reddick to step it up, as the outfielder tied a record at 22 hitless ABs during his 1 for 25 hitless run in the ALCS.
With 89 hits in 11 games and only striking out an average of 6.8 times per game, they come into this with better batting numbers than the Dodgers, who only have 73 hits in eight games, and strike out an average of 8.5 times per game.
Dallas Keuchel (2-1, 2.60 ERA) might not have regular season numbers as good as fellow former Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, but ihs postseason numbers should give him confidence in this spot. In his six postseason appearances, five of which were starts, the lefty is 4-1 with a 2.59 ERA.
Keuchel is fresh off a 1-1 ALCS where he finished with a 3.09 ERA, striking out 18 in 11.2 total innings.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will be very happy to have NL Rookie of the Year Corey Seager back in the lineup on Tuesday. The lefty will accompany hitters who have all gotten hot recently, including Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor, and Justin Turner, who is 12 for 31 with three homers and 12 RBIs in just eight games.
And it's not just hitting. The Dodgers bullpen has excelled this postseason, posting a 0.94 ERA. In the NLCS against the Cubs, Kenley Jansen and his crew did not allow a single hit in 29 ABs.
Clayton Kershaw (2-0, 3.63 ERA) is hoping to get his team that much closer to winning their first World Series since 1988. Improving his postseason record should be a concern of his as well. With a career postseason record of only 6-7 with a 4.40 ERA, there's much to be improved on. Some of that could be attributed to short rest though. He's should be set for this round.
Against the Astros, the lefty is 3-2 with a 2.38 ERA in eight career starts. Kershaw has had some trouble with Jose Altuve though, who is 6 for 15 with four doubles against him.
The Dodgers ace is fully rested, but will it be enough?
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