A classic World Series continues at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening as the Dodgers and Houston Astros play Game 6 of what has been a compelling Fall Classic.
For much of the year the Astros and the Dodgers were clearly the two best teams in the Major Leagues.
A late rush by the Cleveland Indians clouded that notion, as did the horrendous one-month slump that LA went through towards the end of the regular campaign, but this World Series has shown just how good the game can be when the best teams face off against each other.
Justin Verlander has the opportunity to stake his claim to entry into the Hall of Fame as the veteran right-hander heads to the mound for the visitors.
Despite being a dominant pitcher, Verlander's 188 career victories are not overly impressive.
A former Rookie of the Year, Cy Young Award Winner and MVP, along with throwing a couple of no-hitters, the former Detroit Tiger will pass the eye test as it were, if he ends up having joined the Astros, pitched dominantly and led the franchise to their first-ever World Series crown.
Facing Verlander will be Rich Hill. The veteran left-hander has had a journeyman career and has not gone more than five innings in three appearances this post-season.
That implies the LA bullpen will be called upon again, regardless of the situation, a group that did not do well in Sunday's classic 13-12 Houston extra inning win.
With the Astros bullpen also struggling, Verlander may need to repeat his Game 2 complete game victory over the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series.
Houston are 2.10 to win the World Series 4-2 and are 3.80 to triumph 4-3, with the Dodgers 3.00 to triumph after seven games.
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