World Series 2017: Series Preview and Game-by-Game Predictions

Astros force Game 7 against the Yankees with 7-1 win

For Dodgers, beating Yankees would be Hollywood ending

Losing Game 7 was crushing to players because the Yankees returned to Houston on Thursday having won three in a row at Yankee Stadium to take a 3-games-to-2 lead in this best-of-seven series. The Dodgers held the best record in baseball for the final 86 days of the season.

This is one hot World Series - the Houston Astros, fresh off a Game 7 victory over the Yankees, taking on the narrowly favored Los Angeles Dodgers, well rested after a postseason romp.

There are important questions to be answered, too. That was Astros baseball and we need more of where that came from in Game 7.

This loss was tough to swallow for the Yankees even though they had been underdogs in this series and pretty much all season due to their youth. I think I know the answer to that so let's move on.

CC Sabathia entered the game 10-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 13 starts this season after a Yankees loss. That's what we want. But in the end, a riveting October run fell one win short of New York's first trip to the World Series since 2009. "More. And that's the motivating factor".

These teams last met in 2015, when the Astros swept a three-game series at home.

The Dodgers won that World Series over the Yankees in six games. Luis Gonzalez's game-winning RBI base hit was the third walk-off hit of the series, and the first by Arizona. It's never been our goal.

Starters announced • Dodgers lefthander Rich Hill has been picked to pitch Game 2 of the World Series.

The Rangers last reached the World Series in 2011 when they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games.

It was a heartbreaking finish to an encouraging season for the resurgent Yankees in their first full year of a youth movement. "And then we'll see what the Yankees are thinking". You show them, "Hey, this is me, this is what I've got" - and be resilient and just love this game'.

Justin Verlander's virtuoso pitching performance enables the Astros to tie the series at 3-all. Tuesday's high is expected to top out at 102.

However, he was plagued by a sore shoulder down the stretch and hit just.210/.286/.356 in September as a result. These guys really want to win. Had they not, we're not sure the people of Kansas City would ever be able to sleep again, lying awake every night wondering WHY DIDN'T THEY SEND ALEX GORDON HOME. The big right-hander didn't go the distance this time, but he did get his ninth win in nine appearances since being acquired by Houston.

But it all came together in the bullpen when Kenta Maeda switched roles from starter to relief. Charlie Morton was in line to get the win after limiting the Yanks to two hits while striking out five in five innings.

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