This is just the eighth World Series matching two 100-win teams, and the first in 47 years. The other seven:
1910: Cubs (104) vs. Athletics (102)
1912: Red Sox (105) vs. Giants (103)
1931: Athletics (107) vs. Cardinals (101)
1941: Yankees (101) vs. Dodgers (100)
1942: Cardinals (106) vs. Yankees (103)
1969: Orioles (109) vs. Mets (100)
1970: Orioles (108) vs. Reds (102)
You’ll note that all but the last two of those were pre-divisional play. With multiple rounds of playoffs now, it’s much harder for teams with the best regular-season records to get to the World Series. The Dodgers and Astros this year represent the best and third-best overall records, and the Astros were just one game behind the Indians for second-best.
Among the previous seven World Series noted above, the team with the better regular-season record won the World Series four times (1912, 1941, 1942 and 1970).
Dallas Keuchel vs. Clayton Kershaw
Dallas Keuchel has had a good postseason: three starts, 17⅓ innings, 2.60 ERA, 1.096 WHIP, no home runs allowed. He had a rough time in Game 5 of the ALCS, but apart from that game has given up just one run this month.
Clayton Kershaw has a reputation as a pitcher who doesn’t do well in the postseason, but this year’s been better than most: three starts, 3.63 ERA, 0.981 WHIP in 17⅓ innings. He has allowed six home runs in those innings, and that might become important tonight, because it’s going to be really hot in Los Angeles — possibly 100 degrees at game time. That would be the hottest game-time temperature ever for a World Series game:
There's never been a Fall Classic game with a temperature tracked at or above 95 degrees, with Game 1 of the 2001 World Series (Yankees at D-backs) coming in at 94 degrees. And yes, the roof was open.
Hot weather tends to increase offense, particularly home runs. We’ll soon see if that’s the case tonight.
Tonight’s game is on Fox-TV. Announcers: Joe Buck, John Smoltz, Tom Verducci and Ken Rosenthal.
(Note: Going forward, I am going to link to the “classic” Gameday here because MLB.com broke the links I used to use to get to their “new” Gameday. If you click on this link, you can then click on “New Gameday” at the bottom of the page to get to the updated version. Note that the “classic” Gameday won’t load until just before game time.)
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