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

MLB World Series

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

Teamrecordmoneyvs LHPvs RHPFaveDogO/UDiff
Houston108-66$1,079.0024-2684-40104-534-1387-78-91.14
LA Dodgers112-59$233.0038-1574-44108-553-481-84-61.29
Pitchers Last 3 Starts
J Verlander (19-8) ERA: 3.16
event dateOpponentResultscoreOU Resultipmoney
Oct 20, 2017NYYW7-1O7$67.00
Oct 14, 2017NYYW2-1U9$82.00
Oct 5, 2017BOSW8-2O6$77.00
R Hill (12-8) ERA: 3.30
event dateOpponentResultscoreOU Resultipmoney
Oct 15, 2017CHCW4-1U5$65.00
Oct 7, 2017ARIW8-5O4$70.00
Sep 27, 2017SDW10-0O7$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
DatescoreWinneriphitsRunsEarned RunswalksstrikeoutsDecision
Aug 20, 20176-1DET821119Win
Jul 8, 201414-5DET655524Win
Los Angeles Dodgers – R Hill
DatescoreWinneriphitsRunsEarned RunswalksstrikeoutsDecision
Jul 7, 20163-1OAK6311210Win
May 1, 20162-1HOU622254Loss
Apr 4, 20084-3HOU642234No Decision
Sep 12, 20073-2CHC731137Win
Sep 2, 20076-5CHC545545No Decision

World Series Supergrid

TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense5.4113.512
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense5.9213.271
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense4.80124.277
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense4.97114.7015

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineO/UAway PitcherHome PitcherAway HitsHome HitsAway WalksHome WalksAway StrikeoutsHome Strikeouts
Oct 24, 2017HOU1LA3-1777UDallas Keuchel (L)Clayton Kershaw (L)3602125
Aug 23, 2015LA2HOU31436.5UClayton Kershaw (L)Lance McCullers Jr. (R)1010101212
Aug 22, 2015LA1HOU31157UZack Greinke (R)Scott Kazmir (L)7310126
Aug 21, 2015LA0HOU3-1248UBrett Anderson (L)Mike Fiers (R)0730108
May 27, 2012HOU1LA5-1307UJ.A. Happ (L)Chris Capuano (L)212251011
May 26, 2012HOU3LA6-1226.5OBud Norris (R)Chad Billingsley (R)7126596
May 25, 2012HOU3LA1-2156ULucas Harrell (R)Clayton Kershaw (L)776583
Apr 22, 2012LA0HOU121167OChad Billingsley (R)Wandy Rodriguez (L)6123576
Apr 21, 2012LA5HOU11907UClayton Kershaw (L)Kyle Weiland (R)8455710
Apr 20, 2012LA3HOU11187.5UTed Lilly (L)J.A. Happ (L)9547511

World Series Betting Trends

Team Vs Division Or Conference

Houston Astros

recordHomeAwayFaveDogO/Uvs LHPvs RHP
Overall108-6654-3354-33104-509-1487-78-924-2684-40
Last 105-54-01-55-10-44-61-24-3
vs Div50-2624-1526-1149-233-234-38-411-1039-16
vs AL93-6047-3046-3089-478-1175-69-920-2473-36
vs NL15-67-38-315-31-312-94-211-4

Los Angeles Dodgers

recordHomeAwayFaveDogO/Uvs LHPvs RHP
Overall112-5962-2450-35108-545-581-84-538-1574-44
Last 109-15-04-18-11-03-66-03-1
vs Div44-3525-1519-2044-351-041-37-123-1121-24
vs AL17-410-17-316-41-09-10-24-013-4
vs NL95-5552-2343-3292-504-572-74-334-1561-40
Team Last 5 Games

Houston Astros

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalstarteripopposing starterLocation
Oct 24, 2017LA1-3L1677D Keuchel6.2C KershawA
Oct 21, 2017NYY4-0W-1458C Morton5C SabathiaH
Oct 20, 2017NYY7-1W-1507.5J Verlander7Luis SeverinoH
Oct 18, 2017NYY0-5L1008D Keuchel4.2Masahiro TanakaA
Oct 17, 2017NYY4-6L1058.5L McCullers6S GrayA

Los Angeles Dodgers

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalstarteripopposing starterLocation
Oct 24, 2017HOU3-1W-1777C Kershaw7D KeuchelH
Oct 19, 2017CHC11-1W-1427C Kershaw6J QuintanaA
Oct 18, 2017CHC2-3L-1259.5A Wood4.2J ArrietaA
Oct 17, 2017CHC6-1W-1028.5Y Darvish6.1K HendricksA
Oct 15, 2017CHC4-1W-1547.5R Hill5J LesterH

Weather in
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Forecast for Los Angeles

 

Next up:
Houston home to Los Angeles Friday, October 27

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