The time is finally here! The World Series is here and, through all the craziness that has been this postseason, it’s the teams with the first and third best recrods from the regular season. The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros are set to sqare off tonight in Los Angeles for Game 1. Here’s everything you need to know.
Both teams are really good.
Seriously, they’re historically good. While this may be a given, it can’t be overstated. It’s the first World Series with two 100-win teams since 1970. This is a rarest of rare October Classics where the best two teams are facing each other, according to FiveThirtyEight. The Astros have one of the greatest offenses in history. After leading in every batting category on the planet this season, they got even better by acquiring Justin Verlander who was lightyears ahead of any other starter in this postseason. But somehow even with one of the best offenses in history, having two Cy Young award winners and 101 wins entering the postseason, the Astros might be the underdogs. That’s because the Dodgers are even better. The Dodgers had 104 wins, the hottest bullpen in baseball, the Rookie of the Year, the third-best postseason hitter of all time and oh yeah, the best pitcher in the known universe, Clayton Kershaw. It’s Goliath vs. Goliath, and it’s going to be super fun.
Both have great stories behind them.
Neither of these teams are short on inspirational stories. The city of Houston has been through unimaginable hardships this year. The Astros are playing for their city and that’s always something to root for. The Dodgers are being led by Justin Turner and Chris Taylor. Not to mention Rich Hill who is only a few years removed from the Independent League. Yes they have Kershaw and Jansen along with the wonderboy duo of Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager, but the two guys winning NLCS MVP honors are two players other teams couldn’t get rid of fast enough (sorry Mets, Orioles and Mariners fans). Root for the city of Houston and root for the players beating the odds on the Dodgers.
It’s going to be an exciting series.
We finally get to see Clayton Kershaw in the World Series and we should all be greatful for that. Jose Altuve is the MVP of the American League and has been getting big hits all postseason. No one can get any hits off the Dodger bullpen and Kenley Jansen is finally getting the credit he has long deserved. Vintage Verlander is here as a mercenary to win his first ring and the first ring for the Astros. And between Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager, there could be at four future MVPs (all of whom are under 25) in this series. The strength of the Dodger pitching staff is going head to head with the offensive juggernaut that is the Houston Astros.
Prediction: Dodgers win their first title since 1988 in 7 games.
This series is a toss-up. But neither of these teams have lost a home playoff game yet and the Dodgers have home-field advantage. This series will come down to the bullpens and the Dodgers are just better. Look for Kershaw to get two wins and Jansen to get at least three saves. Justin Turner will take advantage of the Crawford boxes and get World Series MVP. No matter what, this series will be one for the ages.