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2017 WORLD SERIES: DODGERS VS. ASTROS

Signature moment?

Kershaw yearns to inscribe name in WS lore

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

This article was published October 24, 2017 at 2:17 a.m.

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Three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw will pitch for the first time in the World Series. The left-hander will start Game 1 for the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium.

Houston Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel (Arkansas Razorbacks) already has two signature postseason performances in his career, winning the AL wild-c...

Astros Manager A.J. Hinch has lots of respect for Dodgers Game 1 starter Clayton Kershaw, who has a career 2.36 earned-run average.

Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts has piloted his team, with a deep and talented pitching staff, to its first World Series since 1988.

STATS AND FACTS

SERIES SCHEDULE

(All times Central, Fox) Game 1 today, at Los Angeles, 7:09 p.m. Game 2 Wednesday, at Los Angeles, 7:09 p.m. Game 3 Friday, at Houston, 7:09 p.m. Game 4 Saturday, at Houston, 7:09 p.m. IF NECESSARY Game 5 Sunday, at Houston, 7:16 p.m. Game 6 Tuesday, Oct. 31, at Los Angeles, 7:09 p.m. Game 7 Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Los Angeles, 7:10 p.m. SEASON SERIES

Teams didn’t meet in 2017.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Astros (101-61 regular season) PS. PLAYER KEY STATISTICS CF George Springer .283, 34 HRs, 85 RBI 3B Alex Bregman .284, 19, 71, 39 2Bs 2B Jose Altuve .346, 24, 81, 39 2Bs, 32 SBs, 204 hits SS Carlos Correa .315, 24, 84, 25 2Bs 1B Yuli Gurriel .299, 18, 75, 43 2Bs C Brian McCann .241, 18, 62 LF Marwin Gonzalez .303, 23, 90, 34 2Bs RF Josh Reddick .314, 13, 82, 34 2Bs Dodgers (104-58 regular season) POS. PLAYER KEY STATS CF Chris Taylor .288, 21, 72, 17 SBs SS Corey Seager .295, 22, 77 3B Justin Turner .322, 21, 71, 56 Ks, 59 BBs 1B Cody Bellinger .267, 39, 97 RF Yasiel Puig .263, 28, 74, 15 SBs 2B Logan Forsythe .224, 6, 36 2B Chase Utley .236, 8, 34 C Austin Barnes .289, 8, 38 LF Enrique Hernandez .215, 11, 37 * Forsythe and Utley are likely to platoon

ASTROS PROJECTED STARTERS

PITCHER

LH Dallas Keuchel RH Justin Verlander RH Charlie Morton RH Lance McCullers Jr.

KEY STATISTICS

14-5, 2.90 ERA 15-8, 3.36 (Det.); 5-0, 1.06 (Hou.) 14-7, 3.62 7-4, 4.25

ASTROS BULLPEN

PITCHER KEY STATISTICS

RH Ken Giles 1-3, 2.30, 34-38 saves RH Chris Devenski 8-5, 2.68 RH Joe Musgrove 7-8, 4.77 RH Will Harris 3-2, 2.98 LH Francisco Liriano 6-7, 5.66* RH Luke Gregerson 2-3, 4.57 RH Brad Peacock 13-2, 3.00 * Played with Blue Jays, Astros

DODGERS PROJECTED STARTERS

PITCHER KEY STATISTICS

LH Clayton Kershaw 18-4, 2.31, 202 Ks, 30 BBs, 23 HRs LH Rich Hill 12-8, 3.32, 166 Ks, 135 2/3 IP RH Yu Darvish* 10-12, 3.86, 209 Ks, 27 HRs LH Alex Wood 16-3, 2.72 in 27 games, 25 starts * Made starts with Texas and Los Angeles

DODGERS BULLPEN

PITCHER KEY STATISTICS

RH Kenley Jansen 5-0, 1.32, 41/42 saves RH Josh Fields 5-0, 2.84, 2 saves LH Tony Cingrani* 0-0, 4.22, 52 Ks, 12 BBs RH Brandon Morrow 6-0, 2.06, 2 saves LH Tony Watson 7-4, 3.38, 10 saves RH Pedro Baez 3-6, 2.95 RH Ross Stripling 3-5, 3.75, 2 saves RH Kenta Maeda 13-6, 4.22, 1 save, 25 starts LH Luis Avilan 2-3, 2.93, 61 games * 47 games with Reds and Dodgers; 2.79 in 22 games with Dodgers 71 games with Pirates and Dodgers; 2-1, 2.70 in 24 games with Dodgers

FAST FACTS

They last met in 2015, when Houston swept a three-game series at home.

Verlander beat the Dodgers in late August with eight dominant innings for Detroit, shortly before being traded to Houston.

Darvish is 5-5 lifetime vs. the Astros, including 1-1 this year before Texas sent him to the Dodgers.

Reddick spent the final two months with the Dodgers last year after being traded from Oakland.

It’s supposed to be over 100 degrees in Los Angeles today, and this could be the hottest World Series game ever.

This marks the first pairing of 100-win teams in the World Series since Baltimore and Cincinnati in 1970. The Dodgers romped to a 7-1 record in this postseason; the Astros were 7-4 overall in the play0ffs, 6-0 at Minute Maid Park.

Teams from Texas have won most every major sports championship — Super Bowl, NBA and NHL crowns, college football titles, men’s and women’s college basketball champs — except the World Series. The Rangers were one strike away in 2011 before losing to St. Louis.

ASTROS NOTEBOOK

They’ve never even won a Series game, getting swept by the White Sox in 2005 in their only previous appearance.

Manager A.J. Hinch’s team beat the Yankees 4-0 in Game 7 of the ALCS behind Morton and McCullers. The home team won every game of that matchup.

Houston led the majors in scoring this season while taking the AL West with 101 victories, then bounced Boston in the AL Division Series.

Verlander is 4-0 with a 1.46 ERA this postseason. He’s 9-0 since joining the Astros.

Altuve (.400, 5 homers), Gurriel (.366) and Correa (9 RBI) did well in the playoffs. Bregman, Reddick, Gonzalez, McCann and Carlos Beltran all hit under .200. Beltran, hoping for his first World Series ring, could be the DH when the site shifts to Houston for Game 3.

DODGERS NOTEBOOK

Making their first World Series appearance since 1988, when Kirk Gibson, Orel Hershiser and Tommy Lasorda helped LA beat Oakland.

Manager Dave Roberts’ team led the majors with 104 victories, swept Arizona in the NLDS and quickly dethroned the champion Cubs in the NLCS.

Turner (.387, 12 RBI), Puig (.414) and Hernandez (3 HRs in NLCS clincher) are doing well this postseason.

Seager is expected back in the lineup after missing the NLCS because of a back injury. Charlie Culberson and Taylor filled in well. Depending on how he’s moving, Seager could be the Dodgers’ DH in Houston.

Dodgers relievers, led by closer Jansen, have thrown 23 consecutive scoreless innings in the postseason, dating to Game 2 against Arizona.

Have won the NL West five years in a row.

Have had the biggest payroll in the majors for four consecutive seasons.

Kershaw is 6-7 with a 4.40 ERA in 21 postseason games. He’s gone 2-0 this October. We’ll see whether the lefty ace with 3 Cy Young Awards, 5 ERA crowns and 7 All-Star selections can deliver a command performance.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Arkansas Razorbacks are represented on both sides; Keuchel (Astros) played for the Razorbacks (2007-2009); and Forsythe (Dodgers) played for Arkansas (2006-2008).

LOS ANGELES -- In the Twilight Zone of October, the clock turns back at Dodger Stadium.

Houston Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel (Arkansas Razorbacks) already has two signature postseason performances in his career, winning the AL wild-c...

Astros Manager A.J. Hinch has lots of respect for Dodgers Game 1 starter Clayton Kershaw, who has a career 2.36 earned-run average.

Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts has piloted his team, with a deep and talented pitching staff, to its first World Series since 1988.

STATS AND FACTS

SERIES SCHEDULE

(All times Central, Fox) Game 1 today, at Los Angeles, 7:09 p.m. Game 2 Wednesday, at Los Angeles, 7:09 p.m. Game 3 Friday, at Houston, 7:09 p.m. Game 4 Saturday, at Houston, 7:09 p.m. IF NECESSARY Game 5 Sunday, at Houston, 7:16 p.m. Game 6 Tuesday, Oct. 31, at Los Angeles, 7:09 p.m. Game 7 Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Los Angeles, 7:10 p.m. SEASON SERIES

Teams didn’t meet in 2017.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Astros (101-61 regular season) PS. PLAYER KEY STATISTICS CF George Springer .283, 34 HRs, 85 RBI 3B Alex Bregman .284, 19, 71, 39 2Bs 2B Jose Altuve .346, 24, 81, 39 2Bs, 32 SBs, 204 hits SS Carlos Correa .315, 24, 84, 25 2Bs 1B Yuli Gurriel .299, 18, 75, 43 2Bs C Brian McCann .241, 18, 62 LF Marwin Gonzalez .303, 23, 90, 34 2Bs RF Josh Reddick .314, 13, 82, 34 2Bs Dodgers (104-58 regular season) POS. PLAYER KEY STATS CF Chris Taylor .288, 21, 72, 17 SBs SS Corey Seager .295, 22, 77 3B Justin Turner .322, 21, 71, 56 Ks, 59 BBs 1B Cody Bellinger .267, 39, 97 RF Yasiel Puig .263, 28, 74, 15 SBs 2B Logan Forsythe .224, 6, 36 2B Chase Utley .236, 8, 34 C Austin Barnes .289, 8, 38 LF Enrique Hernandez .215, 11, 37 * Forsythe and Utley are likely to platoon

ASTROS PROJECTED STARTERS

PITCHER

LH Dallas Keuchel RH Justin Verlander RH Charlie Morton RH Lance McCullers Jr.

KEY STATISTICS

14-5, 2.90 ERA 15-8, 3.36 (Det.); 5-0, 1.06 (Hou.) 14-7, 3.62 7-4, 4.25

ASTROS BULLPEN

PITCHER KEY STATISTICS

RH Ken Giles 1-3, 2.30, 34-38 saves RH Chris Devenski 8-5, 2.68 RH Joe Musgrove 7-8, 4.77 RH Will Harris 3-2, 2.98 LH Francisco Liriano 6-7, 5.66* RH Luke Gregerson 2-3, 4.57 RH Brad Peacock 13-2, 3.00 * Played with Blue Jays, Astros

DODGERS PROJECTED STARTERS

PITCHER KEY STATISTICS

LH Clayton Kershaw 18-4, 2.31, 202 Ks, 30 BBs, 23 HRs LH Rich Hill 12-8, 3.32, 166 Ks, 135 2/3 IP RH Yu Darvish* 10-12, 3.86, 209 Ks, 27 HRs LH Alex Wood 16-3, 2.72 in 27 games, 25 starts * Made starts with Texas and Los Angeles

DODGERS BULLPEN

PITCHER KEY STATISTICS

RH Kenley Jansen 5-0, 1.32, 41/42 saves RH Josh Fields 5-0, 2.84, 2 saves LH Tony Cingrani* 0-0, 4.22, 52 Ks, 12 BBs RH Brandon Morrow 6-0, 2.06, 2 saves LH Tony Watson 7-4, 3.38, 10 saves RH Pedro Baez 3-6, 2.95 RH Ross Stripling 3-5, 3.75, 2 saves RH Kenta Maeda 13-6, 4.22, 1 save, 25 starts LH Luis Avilan 2-3, 2.93, 61 games * 47 games with Reds and Dodgers; 2.79 in 22 games with Dodgers 71 games with Pirates and Dodgers; 2-1, 2.70 in 24 games with Dodgers

FAST FACTS

They last met in 2015, when Houston swept a three-game series at home.

Verlander beat the Dodgers in late August with eight dominant innings for Detroit, shortly before being traded to Houston.

Darvish is 5-5 lifetime vs. the Astros, including 1-1 this year before Texas sent him to the Dodgers.

Reddick spent the final two months with the Dodgers last year after being traded from Oakland.

It’s supposed to be over 100 degrees in Los Angeles today, and this could be the hottest World Series game ever.

This marks the first pairing of 100-win teams in the World Series since Baltimore and Cincinnati in 1970. The Dodgers romped to a 7-1 record in this postseason; the Astros were 7-4 overall in the play0ffs, 6-0 at Minute Maid Park.

Teams from Texas have won most every major sports championship — Super Bowl, NBA and NHL crowns, college football titles, men’s and women’s college basketball champs — except the World Series. The Rangers were one strike away in 2011 before losing to St. Louis.

ASTROS NOTEBOOK

They’ve never even won a Series game, getting swept by the White Sox in 2005 in their only previous appearance.

Manager A.J. Hinch’s team beat the Yankees 4-0 in Game 7 of the ALCS behind Morton and McCullers. The home team won every game of that matchup.

Houston led the majors in scoring this season while taking the AL West with 101 victories, then bounced Boston in the AL Division Series.

Verlander is 4-0 with a 1.46 ERA this postseason. He’s 9-0 since joining the Astros.

Altuve (.400, 5 homers), Gurriel (.366) and Correa (9 RBI) did well in the playoffs. Bregman, Reddick, Gonzalez, McCann and Carlos Beltran all hit under .200. Beltran, hoping for his first World Series ring, could be the DH when the site shifts to Houston for Game 3.

DODGERS NOTEBOOK

Making their first World Series appearance since 1988, when Kirk Gibson, Orel Hershiser and Tommy Lasorda helped LA beat Oakland.

Manager Dave Roberts’ team led the majors with 104 victories, swept Arizona in the NLDS and quickly dethroned the champion Cubs in the NLCS.

Turner (.387, 12 RBI), Puig (.414) and Hernandez (3 HRs in NLCS clincher) are doing well this postseason.

Seager is expected back in the lineup after missing the NLCS because of a back injury. Charlie Culberson and Taylor filled in well. Depending on how he’s moving, Seager could be the Dodgers’ DH in Houston.

Dodgers relievers, led by closer Jansen, have thrown 23 consecutive scoreless innings in the postseason, dating to Game 2 against Arizona.

Have won the NL West five years in a row.

Have had the biggest payroll in the majors for four consecutive seasons.

Kershaw is 6-7 with a 4.40 ERA in 21 postseason games. He’s gone 2-0 this October. We’ll see whether the lefty ace with 3 Cy Young Awards, 5 ERA crowns and 7 All-Star selections can deliver a command performance.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Arkansas Razorbacks are represented on both sides; Keuchel (Astros) played for the Razorbacks (2007-2009); and Forsythe (Dodgers) played for Arkansas (2006-2008).

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