Astros back home after LA split

28 October 2017 04:02:20 GMTPlus11

The Houston Astros send Lance McCullers Jr. to the mound at Minute Maid Park on Friday in Game 3 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander took the ball in the first two games at Dodger Stadium and managed the all-important split to send the Astros back to Houston with the home field advantage.

Now it is up to McCullers Jr. to hold that with LA scheduled to counter with Yu Darvish.

The Houston offense finally started to awake in Game 2 of the series with George Springer's two run shot in the 11th inning ultimately the winner as the Astros edged their hosts 7-6.

Houston had to score once each in the eight and ninth innings just to force extra innings and then saw back-to-back home runs from Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa in the 10th inning cancelled out by two runs from LA.

It was a spectacular match-up between the two teams that were, for most of the season, considered the best in their respective leagues.

Many observers projected that the World Series could go the full seven games and the first two games in Los Angeles certainly seemed to support that premise.

Saturday Alex Wood and Charlie Morton are scheduled to head to the mound in a match up, at least on paper, which should benefit the Dodgers.

Ultimately, as it always has, the series seems likely to come down to the Houston offense.

The Astros were easily the most prolific offense in the Majors this past regular season and if that team wakes up, then Houston will have a realistic chance.

Houston are 2.20 to win the World Series, with the Astros 2.10 to secure a 4-2 series triumph and 3.80 to take the honours in a seven-game thriller.

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