Kershaw stars in opener

25 October 2017 20:31:25 GMTPlus11

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was in top form on Tuesday in a 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros.

The left-hander tossed a three-hitter over seven innings while striking out 11. In a game of home runs, Chris Taylor's lead off shot in the bottom of the first was cancelled out by Alex Bregman in the fourth, before Justin Turner smacked a two-run homer in the sixth for the final score line at Dodger Stadium.

Brandon Morrow and Kenley Jansen closed the door in the eighth and the ninth for LA who scored all their runs off of Houston starter Dallas Keuchel.

Justin Verlander gets the call on Wednesday for the visitors with the Dodgers set to counter with Rich Hill.

With Yu Darvish on tap for Game 3 in Houston for the National League champions, the Astros would be in a world of trouble if they can't split the first two games at Chavez Ravine.

The vanishing offense of the Astros continues to be the most mysterious situation in the post-season. In many ways Houston was fortunate to get past the New York Yankees after scoring just 20 runs over seven games.

The Astros led the Majors, and by a substantial margin in runs scored along with hits, doubles, total bases, RBIs, batting average, OBP and Slugging.

Houston is young and talented and should be able to overcome any disappointment should they stumble badly in the World Series. But still, it is a curious thing to see the current hitting slump.

Meanwhile, in the NFL, the New England Patriots are 1.33 to win next year's Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers 1213.00 and the Seattle Seahawks priced at 1213.00.

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