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World Series Game 2: Can Astros Salvage a Split in LA?

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Verlander Battles Hill in World Series Game 2

The fans at Dodger Stadium will see what should be another pitching duel tonight in the 2017 MLB World Series. The Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers will throw the first pitch at 8:09 pm EST. FOX Sports will televise the game across the globe.

Los Angeles left-hander Clayton Kershaw threw a masterpiece in the Dodgers’ Game 1 victory Tuesday night. He threw seven innings, gave up one run, no walks, 11 strikeouts in a 3-1 win for the Dodgers.

Oddsmakers opened the Dodgers as -113-moneyline favorites versus the Astros, while the game’s total opened at 7.5. The line is now the Astros -112-moneyline favorites. The total has dropped to 7 Under -125.

Astros Looking to Get out of LA With a Split

Right hander Justin Verlander will take the mound for the Astros to start this game. Verlander is 19-8 this season with a 3.16 ERA.

In four appearances, three of them starts, in this postseason, Verlander has a 1.46 ERA over 24 2/3 innings. He has struck out 24 with six walks. Every time Verlander has taken the mound this fall, the Astros have won.

Verlander went a combined 15-8 with a 3.36 ERA for the Detroit Tigers and the Astros in the regular season. He is 9-0 with a 1.23 ERA in a Houston uniform. That is regular season and postseason combined.

At 34, Verlander can rely on the mental side of his game even more. That is something his years of experience with the Tigers will play vital.  The physical side has returned him to being an elite pitcher after a couple of down years (for Verlander).

Dodgers Turn to Experience as Well in Revitalized Rich Hill

Rich Hill  is who starts for the Dodgers. Left hander Hill is 12-8 with a 3.30 ERA so far this season.

Hill, who is 37, has made just six previous postseason appearances. He will be making his World Series debut tonight. He was banished to independent baseball just a few years ago. Hill has now resurrected his career by leaning on his curveball more than ever. He is changing arm angles to keep hitters off balance also.

The revival began when he returned to being a starting pitcher for the Long Island Ducks in 2015. His stuff was eye-opening enough for the Red Sox to give him a shot. He bounced quickly from Boston to the Oakland A’s. Now he is in Dodger Blue. Hill has quickly turned himself into a feel-good story.

 

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Recent Form

Team record money vs LHP vs RHP Fave Dog O/U Diff
Houston 108-66 $1,079.00 24-26 84-40 104-53 4-13 87-78-9 1.14
LA Dodgers 112-59 $233.00 38-15 74-44 108-55 3-4 81-84-6 1.29
Pitchers Last 3 Starts
J Verlander (19-8) ERA: 3.16
event date Opponent Result score OU Result ip money
Oct 20, 2017 NYY W 7-1 O 7 $67.00
Oct 14, 2017 NYY W 2-1 U 9 $82.00
Oct 5, 2017 BOS W 8-2 O 6 $77.00
R Hill (12-8) ERA: 3.30
event date Opponent Result score OU Result ip money
Oct 15, 2017 CHC W 4-1 U 5 $65.00
Oct 7, 2017 ARI W 8-5 O 4 $70.00
Sep 27, 2017 SD W 10-0 O 7 $40.00

Bullpen

Houston’s relievers have pitched 7.1 innings in the last 3 games.
LA Dodgers’s relievers have pitched 8.1 innings in the last 3 games.
Pitcher Recent Starts Vs Opponent
Houston Astros – J Verlander
Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
Aug 20, 2017 6-1 DET 8 2 1 1 1 9 Win
Jul 8, 2014 14-5 DET 6 5 5 5 2 4 Win
Los Angeles Dodgers – R Hill
Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
Jul 7, 2016 3-1 OAK 6 3 1 1 2 10 Win
May 1, 2016 2-1 HOU 6 2 2 2 5 4 Loss
Apr 4, 2008 4-3 HOU 6 4 2 2 3 4 No Decision
Sep 12, 2007 3-2 CHC 7 3 1 1 3 7 Win
Sep 2, 2007 6-5 CHC 5 4 5 5 4 5 No Decision

World Series Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 5.41 1 3.51 2
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 5.92 1 3.27 1
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 4.80 12 4.27 7
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 4.97 11 4.70 15

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line O/U Away Pitcher Home Pitcher Away Hits Home Hits Away Walks Home Walks Away Strikeouts Home Strikeouts
Oct 24, 2017 HOU 1 LA 3 -177 7 U Dallas Keuchel (L) Clayton Kershaw (L) 3 6 0 2 12 5
Aug 23, 2015 LA 2 HOU 3 143 6.5 U Clayton Kershaw (L) Lance McCullers Jr. (R) 10 10 1 0 12 12
Aug 22, 2015 LA 1 HOU 3 115 7 U Zack Greinke (R) Scott Kazmir (L) 7 3 1 0 12 6
Aug 21, 2015 LA 0 HOU 3 -124 8 U Brett Anderson (L) Mike Fiers (R) 0 7 3 0 10 8
May 27, 2012 HOU 1 LA 5 -130 7 U J.A. Happ (L) Chris Capuano (L) 2 12 2 5 10 11
May 26, 2012 HOU 3 LA 6 -122 6.5 O Bud Norris (R) Chad Billingsley (R) 7 12 6 5 9 6
May 25, 2012 HOU 3 LA 1 -215 6 U Lucas Harrell (R) Clayton Kershaw (L) 7 7 6 5 8 3
Apr 22, 2012 LA 0 HOU 12 116 7 O Chad Billingsley (R) Wandy Rodriguez (L) 6 12 3 5 7 6
Apr 21, 2012 LA 5 HOU 1 190 7 U Clayton Kershaw (L) Kyle Weiland (R) 8 4 5 5 7 10
Apr 20, 2012 LA 3 HOU 1 118 7.5 U Ted Lilly (L) J.A. Happ (L) 9 5 4 7 5 11

World Series Betting Trends

Team Vs Division Or Conference

Houston Astros

record Home Away Fave Dog O/U vs LHP vs RHP
Overall 108-66 54-33 54-33 104-50 9-14 87-78-9 24-26 84-40
Last 10 5-5 4-0 1-5 5-1 0-4 4-6 1-2 4-3
vs Div 50-26 24-15 26-11 49-23 3-2 34-38-4 11-10 39-16
vs AL 93-60 47-30 46-30 89-47 8-11 75-69-9 20-24 73-36
vs NL 15-6 7-3 8-3 15-3 1-3 12-9 4-2 11-4

Los Angeles Dodgers

record Home Away Fave Dog O/U vs LHP vs RHP
Overall 112-59 62-24 50-35 108-54 5-5 81-84-5 38-15 74-44
Last 10 9-1 5-0 4-1 8-1 1-0 3-6 6-0 3-1
vs Div 44-35 25-15 19-20 44-35 1-0 41-37-1 23-11 21-24
vs AL 17-4 10-1 7-3 16-4 1-0 9-10-2 4-0 13-4
vs NL 95-55 52-23 43-32 92-50 4-5 72-74-3 34-15 61-40
Team Last 5 Games

Houston Astros

Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
Oct 24, 2017 LA 1-3 L 167 7 D Keuchel 6.2 C Kershaw A
Oct 21, 2017 NYY 4-0 W -145 8 C Morton 5 C Sabathia H
Oct 20, 2017 NYY 7-1 W -150 7.5 J Verlander 7 Luis Severino H
Oct 18, 2017 NYY 0-5 L 100 8 D Keuchel 4.2 Masahiro Tanaka A
Oct 17, 2017 NYY 4-6 L 105 8.5 L McCullers 6 S Gray A

Los Angeles Dodgers

Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
Oct 24, 2017 HOU 3-1 W -177 7 C Kershaw 7 D Keuchel H
Oct 19, 2017 CHC 11-1 W -142 7 C Kershaw 6 J Quintana A
Oct 18, 2017 CHC 2-3 L -125 9.5 A Wood 4.2 J Arrieta A
Oct 17, 2017 CHC 6-1 W -102 8.5 Y Darvish 6.1 K Hendricks A
Oct 15, 2017 CHC 4-1 W -154 7.5 R Hill 5 J Lester H

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