After a red-hot start to the season, we’ve seen the Astros crash a bit. The past week has not been kind to them, as they’re in the midst of their longest losing streak of the season.
The Dodgers, on the other hand, have been hot of late, looking to use their new additions to create more space between them and the Diamondbacks.
Where to begin with a team that has no weak link? The Astros, for the second year in a row, have been absolutely unbelievable. From Alex Bregman to Jose Altuve to George Springer, this team just has so many guys that can come to the plate and clobber the ball. On the other side, Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, and Charlie Morton have been among the best pitchers in all of baseball. The addition of Cole has helped put them over the top, while Morton has had a career year. A repeat as World Series champion will not be easy with the Red Sox and Yankees lurking, but it’s sure viable for these guys to do it again.
They will send Justin Verlander to the mound for his 24th start of the season. In 148 2/3 innings, he has posted a 2.24 ERA, striking out 190 batters and walking just 27. He IS 35 YEARS OLD. Verlander allowed nine hits on two runs in five innings of work in his last start against the Rangers.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Every year, the Dodgers seem to have a new player bursting out as a big-time performer out of nowhere, as well as making a major move at the trade deadline. They brought in one of baseball’s best players last week in Manny Machado, before acquiring Brian Dozier today. They also added John Axford as another big-time arm to their bullpen. With the way Matt Kemp has been performing this year, and how Max Muncy has been crushing the ball, these new bats only serve to enhance what they already have. These Dodgers are a serious force to be reckoned with. All is well for these guys.
They will send Alex Wood to the mound for his 22nd start of the season. In 117 1/3 innings of work, he has struck out 103 batters while walking 27, posting a 3.68 ERA. In his last start, Wood was phenomenal, allowing just a single hit in 5 2/3 innings of work against the Braves.
Another W for the Dodgers, and a rare loss for Verlander
The Dodgers continue to stay hot as they earn another win tonight. Brian Dozier has looked good early on since coming over from Minnesota, and that will continue tonight with a few more hits. Alex Wood will allow a single run in seven innings, while the Astros offense stays invisible.
Manny Machado will go deep, while Matt Kemp knocks in a pair of runs. It’s all starting to come together for the reigning NL Champs, in this World Series rematch.
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