A battle of the titans, a fight between two powerhouses, the World Series matchup everyone was predicting in July has come true. This matchup is the first time since 1970 that two teams with 100 wins meet in the big series, Astros (101-61) and Dodgers (104-58). The two most consistent teams of the 2017 campaign (Indians found stride after the all-star break) are set to duel it out with the first pitch set for Tuesday, October 24. This is only the second time in the Houston Astros 56 year history that they have made it to the World Series and every fan is hoping for a completely different outcome than the 2005 series against the White Sox.
This series pits two very deep rosters against each other. The Astros have the higher-powered offense, giving them the advantage yet the pitching staff from the rotation to bullpen favors the Dodgers. The Dodgers bullpen has been near lights out allowing only 4 runs in 28 2/3 innings this postseason so it will be up to the Astros lineup to attack this fastball friendly crew. Houston is the best team in baseball against the fastball and the Dodgers seemed to ride or die with the fastball against the Cubs in the NLCS. With both rotations being solid 1-3, the bullpens will be crucial in this series. Both teams, but especially the Dodgers, will look to take the starters out of the games early by accumulating high pitch counts early on forcing the bullpens to win the game.
The Houston Astros are the first team to make the World Series in both the National League and the American League.