In what has been an epic series so far, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros have reached a winner take all Game 7 on Wednesday night. The Los Angeles Dodgers came away with a 3-1 win on Tuesday to extend the series to 7 games. It would be the first ever World Series title for the Houston Astros. Los Angeles has not been in the World Series since 1988.
The Houston Astros won Games 2, 3 and 5 to get to this point. The Astros ran away with the American League West, smashing through with 101 wins in the regular season. The Los Angeles Dodgers eliminated the Diamondbacks and Cubs before reaching the World Series. The Dodgers also won the National League West with the best record in the league, of 104 wins. The Los Angeles Dodgers are -135 in this game.
The road team Houston Astros certainly have not been the same team on the road as they have at home. Houston since the postseason started have won just 2 out of 8 games away from Houston. The Astros DO have a road win in this series though. Houston in their three World Series losses have scored a total of 4 runs. In their wins, they have scored 24 runs.
Jose Altuve continues to rip the cover off the baseball. The American League batting title champion once again is likely going to win the MVP award. He has not skipped a beat in the postseason, with a .324 batting average, along with 7 homeruns. Yuli Gurriel has been great for Houston this postseason as well, as he is hitting .323.
Dodgers Looking for Home Cooking
Just like the Houston Astros have not been very good on the road, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been excellent at home. The Dodgers have just one home loss all postseason. The Dodgers saw Joc Pederson blast a huge homerun in the win on Tuesday night. Pederson, off the bench has provided a spark for Los Angeles with 3 homeruns in 19 at bats.
The Dodgers have seen most of their offensive players struggle at the plate during this series. The most consistent has been Chris Taylor, who gave the Dodgers the lead on Monday. The Dodgers during the regular season were led by Justin Turner, who hit .322. The Dodgers as a team hit .249, which was 22nd in the league.
Pitching Matchup Same as Game 3
Lance McCullers against Yu Darvish. The last time these two met it was Game 3, where the Astros hit Darvish for four runs over 1.2 innings. This was also the Yuli Gurriel game that has all of the baseball world talking, and forced MLB into a 5 game suspension.
But, despite who the starting pitchers are – this is going to come down to the bullpens. In the end – Los Angeles has a better bullpen – and with Clayton Kershaw available – it’s all hands on deck. Look for the Dodgers to win this epic 2017 World Series. Bet the Los Angeles Dodgers -135.
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