World Series 2017: Star pitchers must show up versus hot offenses
It’s finally here! The 2017 World Series has two of the best offenses in baseball as the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Houston Astros.
But, the winner of this year’s Fall Classic must get all-star performances from their ace pitchers. Clayton Kershaw had a 2.45 ERA in the NLCS against the Cubs. He’ll need to shut down a Houston offense full of right-handed sluggers.
Yu Darvish had a 1.42 ERA in the NLCS and a 1.80 ERA in the NLDS. He doesn’t allow many walks and he knows how to put away hitters.
On the other side, Dallas Keuchel struck out 18 Yankees in the LCS, but in Game 5 he allowed 4 runs on 7 hits. Keuchel normally dominates the Yanks, but it looked as though the Bronx Bombers figured him out big time. The Astros ace has only surrendered 5 walks this postseason.
Justin Verlander has been unstoppable in an Astros uniform. The former Cy Young Award winner has given up 4 runs in 24.2 innings this postseason to go along with 6 walks and 24 strikeouts.
Neither LA or Houston has lockdown bullpen arms with the exception of Kenley Jansen in LA. So, the pressure goes to the arms of Keuchel, Verlander, Kershaw, and Darvish.
This series will probably go to seven games because both clubs look very similar. The journey for the Dodgers and Astros have been very different, however.
LA looked like a team on a mission since opening day. They defeated the defending World Series champion Cubs 4-1 in the NLCS and they ran through Arizona 3-0 in the NLDS. LA is in their first World Series since 1988.
The Astros were the number one seed in the AL and beat Boston 3-1 in the LDS. Afterwards, the Stros trailed New York 3-2 in the LCS, before winning the final two games and making it to their first Fall Classic since 2005.