Ray's Ramblings - 2017 World Series Tied, 1-1
The 2017 World Series is tied one game apiece after an epic Game 2 that will go down as one of the most exciting games in Series history. The battle heads to Houston for Game 3 Friday, October 27th.
The Series is tied 1-1
TUESDAY, OCT. 24: Astros at Dodgers, Game 1, Score: 1-3
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 25: Astros at Dodgers, Game 2, Score 7-6
FRIDAY, OCT. 27: Dodgers at Astros, Game 3, 8 p.m. ET, FOX
SATURDAY, OCT. 28: Dodgers at Astros, Game 4, 8 p.m. ET, FOX
SUNDAY, OCT. 29: Dodgers at Astros, Game 5, 8 p.m. ET, FOX
TUESDAY, OCT. 31: Astros at Dodgers, Game 6*, 8 p.m. ET, FOX
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 1: Astros at Dodgers, Game 7*, 8 p.m. ET, FOX
There were five extra inning homers hit in Game 2. That sets a World Series record... for an entire series. It’s actually way more than that. The last 16 years there had been five extra inning homers hit by every team in every game, and from 1903-2000, there were a total of 12.
The teams hit eight homers in Game 2, another World Series record.
The Astros are the first team to ever have three homers in extra innings in a postseason game.
The Astros won their first Series game in 56 years in Game 2.
The Astros are 6-0 at home and have outscored the opponent 31-7.
The Dodgers were 98-0 this season when leading after eight innings. They are now 98-1.
The Dodgers used nine pitchers in Game 2, tying the 2005 White Sox record for most pitchers used in a single game. Brandon McCarthy is the only member of that team who appeared in the majors in 2017.
The Dodgers bullpen in Game 2 had a 7.71 ERA. They had posted a 0.88 mark the first nine playoff games. They were working on a single-season postseason record of 28 frames without allowing a run.
Since 1946, when the World Series moved to a 2-3-2 format, there have been 34 Series in which the score was tied one game to one. The club headed home for the middle three games has won 53 percent of the time.
Jose Altuve has hit .591 at home this preseason, as he’s reached based 16 of 25 plate appearances.
Carlos Correa and Corey Seager both homered in Game 2. That was the first time both starting shortstops homered in the same W.S. game. Correa and Altuve were the first players ever to hit back-to-back homers in extra innings. Seager became the second youngest Dodger to homer in the Series (Pete Reiser in 1941).
Yu Darvish is 4-0 with a 0.88 ERA his last five starts, including 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA this postseason. In six career starts at Minute Maid Park, Darvish has gone 4-1 with a 2.16 ERA. He will start Game 3 against Lance McCullers.
Rich Hill lovers... the guy was removed after four innings in Game 2. He had allowed one run. Over three starts this postseason, he’s allowed four runs which sounds great, that is until you learn that he threw a total of 13 innings in the three starts. OK, the 2.77 ERA is strong, but if you’re really a boss, do you average a mere 4.1 innings per start when you have a 2.77 ERA and 1.23 WHIP? The answer is clearly no. Folks, his own team understands, why don’t you?
Kenley Jansen blew his first save in 13 playoff chances, and suffered just his second blown save of 2017. He had allowed just two career homers on an 0-2 count before Marwin Gonzalez took him deep in Game 2.
Clayton Kershaw struck out 11 while walking none, tying the most strikeouts without a walk for a World Series starter. He tied Don Newcombe’s 1949 effort.
Lance McCullers has allowed two hits in 21 at-bats against lefties this postseason. He’s also thrown his curveball 116 times out of the 184 pitches he’s thrown. Batters have hit .121 off the pitch. This season McCullers was fourth in baseball, amongst pitcher who threw 2000 pitches, with a 47.3 percent mark of curveballs thrown. The only man over 50 percent was Clayton Kershaw at 50.6.
Vin Scully threw out the first pitch in Game 2. It was an epic show.
Justin Turner drove in his 14th run to set a Dodgers single postseason record.
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