Ray's Ramblings - 2017 World Series Wrap
The Astros won their first World Series title in grand fashion, winning Game 7 in Los Angeles in one of the best World Series of all-time. Homers and a lack of depth from the starting pitchers were the two main storylines as the Astros raised the championship banner for the first time.
THE HOME RUN
The playoffs had 104 home runs, the most ever (100 in 2004).
The Astros hit 15 homers in the World Series, the most ever (Giants 14 in 2002).
George Springer hit five home runs in the World Series, tying Reggie Jackson and Chase Utley for the all-time record. He also tied Lou Gehrig with a game-tying or go-ahead homer in 3-straight games in one World Series. Springer was named the MVP of the World Series.
The Astros won their first World Series after 55 years. They became the third team in a row to snap a title drought of at least 29 years.
They won a franchise record 112 games, this just four years after they lost 111 games in 2013 (a club record).
Jose Altuve had two homers and six RBI, but his OPS was a mere .670. The following Astros also hit two homers but failed to do much with the bat overall: Alex Bregman (.739 OPS despite some big hits) and Yuli Gurriel (.777). Brian McCann (.606) and Marwin Gonzalez (.738) both hit a single homer.
Chris Devenski appeared in five games with a 7.20 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.
Lance McCullers set a record by hitting four batters.
Brad Peacock pitched in every odd game of the Series. In total, he threw 140 pitches over 7.1 innings, allowing two runs (2.45 ERA). Peacock, Charlie Morton, McCullers and Justin Verlander, starting pitchers during the regular season, all earned a save or a relief win. Morton allowed two earned runs in 10.1 innings in Games 4 & 7. Game 7 was the last time he was on the mound in the 9th inning since May of 2011.
Josh Reddick was awful with a .439 OPS over 26 plate appearances. Just awful.
In addition to the homers, George Springer set Series records for extra-base hits (eight) and total bases (29).
The Dodgers won a Major League-best 104 games during the regular season. Of course, they finished one win short in the postseason.
The Dodgers hit .205/.290/.393 with 65 strikeouts in the World Series. Cody Bellinger (.565 OPS), Yasiel Puig (.549), Corey Seager (.661), Justin Turner (.683), Austin Barnes (.417) all failed to post an OPS remotely close to the league average.
Cody Bellinger struck out 17 times to set an all-time Series record, as he completely forgot how to hit a curveball. Moreover, 17 strikeouts are the most ever in any postseason series, breaking the strikeout record of Aaron Judge (16). Bellinger also set the record for most strikeouts in one preseason, breaking the mark of Judge (29 to 27). So much for the Rookies of the Year.
Yu Darvish was terrible in Game 7, allowing five runs (four earned) while recording just five outs. He’s the first starting pitcher in league history to make two starts in the Series and not make it out of the second inning both times. He had never had a regular season start of fewer than three innings before those two games. After Darvish was removed, Brandon Morrow, Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen didn’t allow a run. Speaking of Morrow, the oft-injured one appeared in all seven games, tying the Series record previously set by the Athletics’ Darold Knowles (1973).
By the way... Darvish and McCullers both failed to last three innings in Game 7. This was the first time that had ever happened in the Series.
Joc Pederson had six postseason hits (three homers). They all went for extra bases.
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