After two thrilling World Series Games, the series shifts to Minute Maid Park; home of the Houston Astros for the next three games. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros have split the first two games of the series. Games 3, 4 and 5 will be played in Houston, and if needed, they will head back to Los Angeles for the final pair of games.
Solid Pitching Matchup
Yu Darvish is throwing for the Los Angeles Dodgers in this game. Darvish was 4-3 with the Dodgers this season, with a 3.44 earned run average. Darvish struck out 61 batters, and walked 13 in 49.2 innings. The Dodgers right hander is 2-0 in the postseason with a 1.59 earned run average thus far.
For the Houston Astros, Lance McCullers Jr is going to take the mound. McCullers Jr is throwing after going 7-4 in the regular season. His earned run average was 4.25, with 132 strikeouts in 118 innings. In the postseason, McCullers has thrown in 3 games, getting a start in 1 of them, where he went 6 innings and allowed a run against the Yankees.
Houston Bats Catching Fire
The Houston Astros were the top scoring team in the regular season, and when they get hot – they are hot. They picked up 4 homeruns in the final three innings of the extra inning games in Game 2. In the postseason, Jose Altuve has picked up right where he left off in the regular season. During the regular season, Altuve hit .347 to win yet another American League batting title. In the postseason, Altuve is 18 for 50 for a .360 batting average. He also has 6 homeruns in the postseason. Carlos Correa is the next best offensive threat in the Houston offense this postseason. Correa has 4 homeruns, and leads the team with 11 runs batted in, while hitting .302.
Dodgers Bullpen Now in Question
The Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen was the strong suit coming into the postseason, and it still is – but there are some question marks after allowing a bunch of runs in the final three innings on Wednesday. The Dodgers have won 8 out of 10 in the postseason, with most of that with a very strong bullpen. The Dodgers have outscored their opponents in the postseason by 30 runs. Los Angeles in the postseason has seen Yasiel Puig hit .351, and has 2 bombs, Justin Turner has 14 runs drove in during the postseason to lead the team. Charlie Culberson, Corey Seager and Joc Pederson hit their first postseason homeruns in the loss on Wednesday.
Astros Edge Dodgers
After Clayton Kershaw dominated in Game 1, and the Astros came away with a thrilling Game 2 win, Game 3 should be a great game. The first World Series game in Houston since 2005 will see a crazy crowd. Minute Maid Park is going to be bonkers for the Astros. Houston has all sorts of offensive threats, and if they can get to Darvish early, and not have to deal with the best part of the Dodgers bullpen, they are going to be in great shape. The Astros are going to win this game with some more solid offense. The final bet for World Series Game 3 on Friday is the Houston Astros -115 over the Los Angeles Dodgers.