January 23, 2018

World Series 2017: Dodgers vs. Astros Game 1 Live Updates

World Series 2017: Dodgers vs. Astros Game 1 Live Updates

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■ There are unlikely slugging infielders on both sides. Jose Altuve, the second baseman for the Astros, is one of the game’s smallest players but he just finished his fourth consecutive season with 200 or more hits and his second consecutive season with 24 home runs. Justin Turner, the third baseman for the Dodgers, appeared to have washed-out in his late 20s, with the Mets letting him walk away in 2013. In the four seasons since, the bearded slugger has hit .303 with a .378 on-base percentage, .502 slugging percentage, 71 home runs and 264 R.B.I.

■ Corey Seager will be back for the Dodgers after sitting out the N.L.C.S. with a back injury. But owing to the team’s success with Chris Taylor and Justin Turner at the top of the lineup, Seager will bat sixth in Game 1. During the regular season, Seager had 603 of his 613 plate appearances in the No. 2 spot. To make room for Seager and Brandon McCarthy on the World Series roster, Curtis Granderson and Kyle Farmer were left off. Granderson was just 1 for 15 in six playoff appearances this season, and he struck out eight times.

■ The Astros have distinct advantages in batting average (.282 to .249), slugging percentage (.478 to .437) and home runs (238 to 221), while the Dodgers are far better in team E.R.A. (3.38 to 4.12), and WHIP (1.15 to 1.27). Adjusted for league and ballpark, the Astros’ batting advantage is even more extreme, with their adjusted O.P.S. being 27 percent better than league average while the Dodgers were just 3 percent above league average.

■ The crew chief for the World Series will be Gerry Davis, who is umpiring in his sixth World Series, tying Joe West for the most times among active umpires. Davis has already worked a record 136 postseason games in his career, and will be at second base for Game 1. The all-time umpire record for World Series appearances belongs to Bill Klem, who worked 18 of them between 1908 and 1940.

■ National baseball reporter Tyler Kepner provides a look at every angle of this Series, from aces to mascots. You can read Tyler’s preview here.

… About that heat.

In World Series games in the Northeast and Midwest, it has become commonplace to see fans swaddled in blankets and winter wear looking no more comfortable than the players, who sometimes wear turtlenecks or hand warmers or, in more extreme cases, balaclavas that wrap around their heads and faces.

Such measures, however, will not be necessary on Tuesday. Temperatures in Los Angeles are forecast to reach triple digits on Tuesday, and when the first pitch is thrown at 5:08 p.m. Pacific time, it is expected to be right around 97 degrees — which would be a record high for a Series game. Read Billy Witz’s story on the weather here.

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