The 2017 MLB World Series kicked off at Dodger Stadium in California, where the Dodgers faced the Houston Astros in game one of what is sure to be an intense series. Both of these teams fought their way into this matchup, and they are both due for a World Series victory. Let’s take a closer look at the two teams we have in this series.
Representing the American League is the Houston Astros, who have never won a World Series title since becoming a franchise in 1962. They ended their regular season with a record of 101-61, the second-best record in all of the American League behind the Cleveland Indians. In the American League Division Series, the Astros defeated the Boston Red Sox in four games. They then advanced to the American League Championship Series, where they played a more competitive series against the New York Yankees, winning in game seven on their home turf. Some standout players to watch out for from Houston are starting pitching ace Justin Verlander, shortstop Carlos Correa, and second baseman Jose Altuve. Houston ended their season with the best offensive numbers in all of the Major Leagues, so if they can get the bats moving early in this series, then they will certainly give the Dodgers a run for their money.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are also a very dangerous team, as they completed their season with a record of 104-58, the best in all of baseball. Although their offense has been strong, their pitching, both starting, and bullpen, has been their standout this season that can take them to a World Series championship. Ace Clayton Kershaw had a fantastic season, but Rich Hill has also been a positive factor for this team, pitching a complete no-hit game back in August. Offensively, some players to look out for are rookie Cody Bellinger, third baseman Justin Turner who massively contributed to the Dodgers’ defeat against the Cubs in the National League Championship Series, and right fielder Yasiel Puig, who has been batting very well at home during this playoff run. The Dodgers swept the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League Division Series and then defeated the Chicago Cubs in five games to advance to the World Series. This team has not won a World Series championship since 1988, so they are also due for success this year.
With the two teams battling for the title, this is sure to be a great series to watch, so be sure to tune in!
Game 1 went to the LA Dodgers as Clayton Kershaw dominated the Astros and the bullpen did the rest. Homers from Chris Taylor and then the deciding two-run shot from Justin Turner puts the pressure on Houston in Game 2.