They won more games, their closer isn't an occasional question mark, they have home-field advantage, and they took down the defending champion Cubs in five LCS games compared to Houston's seven-game victory over the Yankees.
As of late Saturday night, Verlander also has something else: the ALCS Most Valuable Player trophy. Darvish, who has undergone an overhaul since his July 31 deadline acquisition, with the Dodgers helping him simplify both his mechanics and repertoire, has been downright dominant of late.
The Dodgers are back in the World Series for the first time since winning it all in 1988, when the A's and LA enjoyed relatively mild temperatures. This time, he's at 17 1/3 innings over 17 days before that fourth start, so there's hope that the extra rest-particularly with the last few of those innings mostly stress free thanks to the blowout-will help. "I'm pretty sure our training staff will be on us with making sure we're hydrated, and they may have some cold rags in the dugout".
It seems almost like an insult to many, in fact, to suggest anything otherwise. But the temperatures could even knock out the marine layer - the thick air mass caused by cooling temperatures near the Pacific Ocean and often blamed for fly balls falling short of the fence from San Diego to Oakland. Just when the hype machine was being cranked up for a World Series with all the bright lights of New York and Los Angeles combined, Houston rallied to cut down Aaron Judge and the Yankees to win the American League pennant. On to the next. He got hurt a lot toward the end of his career, and he had a lot left to give.
Yet there is that one nagging set of stats that can't be overlooked: 6-7 with a 4.40 ERA in the playoffs. As part of McCullers appearance in Game 7 of the ALCS, he relied on his curveball.
Keuchel won the AL wild-card game at Yankee Stadium two years ago with six shutout innings. When manager Dave Roberts has needed important outs, he's turned to Kenta Maeda, Brandon Morrow and Kenley Jansen.
Game 1 of the 2017 World Series will feature Dodgers' ace Clayton Kershaw going up against Dallas Keuchel of the Astros. "It's that dry heat, so it's going to be hotter than normal to play". The first-pitch temperature for that showdown in the desert was 94 degrees.
There's evidence Altuve already is one of those elite players building a Hall of Fame resume: He has won the AL batting title in three of the past four seasons.
And that brings us to Game 1 tonight, when the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Houston Astros. He'll also need better production from several slumping hitters. You show them, "Hey, this is me, this is what I've got" - and be resilient and just love this game'. LA swept all three games and eliminated the Astros with a 4-0 win, despite Houston throwing Nolan Ryan out for a second start.
Kershaw has excelled at times in October. He has his bullpen pitching exceptionally well so every move he's made has looked smart.
McCullers Sr. said his son had honored Fernandez in subtle, unspoken ways, in his movements on the field and his daily routine.
Intangibles: With three left-handers in the Dodgers starting rotation, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman could be the key to getting his team's offense back on track.