Dodgers and Astros open World Series
The Los Angeles Dodgers will have home field advantage as they welcome in the Houston Astros to Dodger Stadium in Southern California to open the 2017 World Series.
The Dodgers will also have Clayton Kershaw on the mound as the 29-year old left-hander looks to add a strong performance in the postseason and ultimately a title to his resume.
There's no doubting that the Dallas, Texas native was the best pitcher in all of baseball during the regular campaign.
However, the exploits of Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants in the playoffs over the past decade, helping LA's long-time rival to three World Series crowns, has hung over the Dodgers star for some time.
First in the National League in Wins, ERA and Win Percentage, second in WHIP and eighth in strike outs, Kershaw already is on the fast track to the Hall of Fame with only his career victory total holding back that certainty.
Quite literally Kershaw's legacy is on the line in this World Series.
There's nothing so dramatic for Dallas Keuchel of the Astros, also 29 and a left-hander.
Keuchel has won only 65 games in his career and has been strong in five postseason starts. Houston will send Justin Verlander to the mound in Game 2 against Rich Hill and the key will be if the Astros offense wakes up from its prolonged slumber.
Do so and the Astros have a genuine chance to win the World Series, but if not, even with Keuchel and Verlander, this could end up a one-sided affair.
The Dodgers are 1.55 to win on Wednesday in the Money Line betting, with Houston 2.60.
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