Play It Forward Oct. 23-29: Dodgers, Astros know how to turn up the heat
By Tom Hoffarth
Ranking the top 10 sports events Oct. 23-29 you won’t want to miss:
NO. 1: 113th WORLD SERIES
DODGERS vs. ASTROS
Details/TV: Games 1 and 2 at Dodger Stadium, Tuesday and Wednesday, 5:09 p.m., Ch. 11
If we’re still all about keeping things 100, we should consider:
= This is the first Fall Classic matchup of teams that each won at least 100 games in the regular season since 1970. That’s when the 108-win Orioles outlasted the 102-win Reds – a season that the Dodgers won 87 and the Astros were at sub-.500 with just 79 in the NL West. There were no wild cards or anything like that, otherwise the Dodgers had the third-best record in the league.
= Only one player on either team has a batting average that is 100 points or better in the playoffs than it was during their regular season. That would be the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig — .414 (12 for 29) versus .263. Interestingly, Jose Altuve, hitting .400 (16-for-40) in 11 playoff games, is only 54 points higher than his MLB-best .346 average in the regular season.
= Will Corey Seager’s back be 100 percent healthy to get back on the Dodgers’ active roster? We will wait to see how things progress by Tuesday morning.
= Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton have combined to throw 862 pitches in the postseason as Houston’s main starting pitchers. That’s a few 100 more than what Dodgers starters Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Yu Darvish (588) have been asked to toss thus far.
= Finally, temperatures are supposed to hit a high of 100 degrees sometime Tuesday prior to Game 1, and dip closer to the low 90s by 5 p.m. first pitch.
Also this week: Games 3, 4 and 5 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Friday and Saturday at 5:09 p.m., Sunday […]