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world series x factors: five dodgers, astros who could seize the spotlight


a quintet of dodgers and astros you best know now before they seize the world series spotlight.        






stacked dodgers and astros present a world series matchup for the ages


a delicious world series matchup is in store for baseball fans, even though it may not be the one america was looking for.the dodgers and their great pitching will face the astros and their killer lineup in a clash of two of the top teams in 2017.purists may have preferred a dodgers-yankees showdown for nostalgic reasons, but this one should be more evenly matched and has the potential to be a classic.both teams were dominant in their leagues all season long, with the dodgers finishing with 104 wins and the astros 101. it's the first world series meeting between teams with 100 or more wins since 1970, when the 108-win orioles beat the 102-win reds 4-1 behind series mvp brooks robinson.and neither team has been there in a while, which means it's cinderella vs. cinderella — if a team like th






baseball is hot! world series opens in la with high temps


los angeles — the fastballs aren't all that's hitting triple digits at the world series.this fall classic is going to feel like summer.the los angeles dodgers and houston astros will meet on what's expected to be a 100-degree tuesday at dodger stadium, beginning possibly the warmest world series ever.a heat wave slugged southern california on monday, with the temperature reaching 104 degrees shortly after lunchtime in chavez ravine. it was still blazing when the dodgers and astros showed up at dodger stadium for brief late-afternoon workouts."never would i have expected that at the end of october, going into november," dodgers center fielder chris taylor said. "that's la for you, though."game 1 has a chance to be the warmest world series game on record. the temperature was around 94 degree






dodgers vs. astros: how the teams match up for the world series


the los angeles dodgers will host the houston astros in game 1 of the best-of-seven world series at 5 p.m. on tuesday.here’s a look at how the teams match up:dodgers vs. houston astros(regular-season statistics)projected lineupspos.; dodgers; avg.; hr; rbi; commentc; austin barnes; .289; 8; 38; started four of five games in nlcs, displacing yasmani grandal.1b; cody bellinger; 2.67; 39; 97; still dangerous, even in slumps, with two playoff homers.2b; logan forsythe; .224; 6; 36; a vital contributor against left-handed pitchers; may also start against right-handers.ss; corey seager; .295; 22; 77; his availability is dodgers’ biggest concern heading into the world series.3b; justin turner; .322; 21; 71; co-mvp of the nlcs has a .482 career playoff on-base percentage.lf; andre ethier; .235; 2;






world series patches in place, dodgers prepare for astros


los angeles (ap) — the los angeles dodgers love their analytics, collecting so much data that manager dave roberts proudly proclaims: “i don’t see any team that’s more prepared than we are.”all the numbers, video and advanced scouting reports are great. but firsthand looks are nice, too.so curtis granderson, what do you know about your world series opponent, the houston astros?“i saw them a couple times in spring training, when i was with the mets,” the outfielder said.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.ok, then.funny, in a way. the astros and dodgers have played more than 700 times over the years, but these clubs know very little about each other.“a lot of it is going to be learning as you go,” granderson said.los angeles ace clayton kershaw is set to pitch game 1 o






dodgers dugout: comparing the dodgers and astros at each position


hi, and welcome to another edition of dodgers dugout. my name is los angeles mitchell. is there anything exciting happening this week?dodgers versus astrosyes, i’ve decided to change my first name until the world series ends.the dodgers, who haven’t won a world series since 1988, take on the houston astros, who haven’t won a world series ever. let’s compare the teams at each position. the first set of numbers will be from the regular season, with that player’s ops+ (for an explanation of ops+, click here) and war (for an explanation of war, click here) and the second set will be their postseason numbers.catcherbrian mccann (.241/.323/.436/109 ops+/1.2 war). postseason: .156/.270/.219austin barnes (.289/.408/.486/137/2.6). postseason: .261/.370/.435mccann is a 13-year veteran acquired from






astros beat yankees in game 7, will meet dodgers in first world series since 200


breaking down game 7 of the al championship series between the houston astros and new york yankees at minute maid park.        






houston astros beat new york yankees 4-0 in game 7 to advance to world series ag


share storyby the associated pressthe associated presshouston (ap) — houston astros beat new york yankees 4-0 in game 7 to advance to world series against los angeles dodgers.the associated press






astros reach world series, top yankees 4-0 in game 7 of alcs


houston — jose altuve embraced justin verlander as confetti rained down. an improbable thought just a few years ago, the houston astros are headed to the world series.charlie morton and lance mccullers jr. combined on a three-hitter, altuve and evan gattis homered and the astros reached the world series for only the second time by blanking the new york yankees 4-0 saturday night in game 7 of the al championship series.next up for the astros: game 1 against the los angeles dodgers on tuesday night. los angeles opened as a narrow favorite, but verlander, the alcs mvp , and fellow houston ace dallas keuchel will have plenty of rest before the world series begins at sweltering dodger stadium."i love our personality," astros manager a.j. hinch said. "we have the right amount of fun, the right a






astros to face dodgers in world series after shutting out yankees in game 7 of a


fifty feet from home plate, jose altuve’s bat hit the ground. the baseball touched down 314 feet farther, in the third row of right-field seats. he had swung hard, and he had not let go. the smallest man on the field carried his weapon until he was certain that his home run was a home run, that his houston astros had a two-run lead, that their season was a step closer to lasting at least another week.then, he flipped it. he flipped it with so much joy, so much excitement. soon, his dreams were fulfilled. buoyed by their star, the astros defeated the new york yankees 4-0 on saturday night at minute maid park, surviving a hardscrabble american league championship series and securing their spot in the 2017 world series.several astros said altuve’s celebration was meant as a response to yankee






houston astros blank new york yankees in game 7 of alcs, advance to world series


the astros won the last two games of the best-of-seven american league championship series. they will open the world series against the dodgers in los angeles on tuesday.houston – charlie morton and lance mccullers jr. combined on a three-hitter, jose altuve and evan gattis homered and the houston astros reached the world series for the second time, blanking the new york yankees 4-0 saturday night in game 7 of the american league championship series.a mere four years removed from their third straight 100-loss season in 2013, the astros shut down the yankees on consecutive nights after dropping three in a row in the bronx.next for the astros: game 1 of the world series against the los angeles dodgers on tuesday night. los angeles opened as a narrow favorite, but houston aces dallas keuchel






a look at all 16 potential world series matchups


there were eight teams with at least 91 victories this year, and those are the eight that are still in the running for the world series title.there were no major surprises in the wild-card games, with the 85-win twins and 87-win rockies cast aside. that leaves four teams left in each league and 16 possible matchups for the world series. here’s a list of them all — and what would make each of them noteworthy.the matchups are listed in descending order of likelihood, using probability figures from fangraphs.com heading into thursday’s action.___most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.dodgers vs. indians (11.2 percent)the last time both pennant winners won at least 102 games during the regular season was in 1970, when the 108-win orioles beat the 102-win reds in the world se






the astros are a playoff team, but not yet a world series contender


the houston astros finished the first half of the season in style, crushing the toronto blue jays, 19-1, to earn win no. 60 of the season. according to elias, the astros' 18-run margin of victory is the largest by a team in its final game before the all-star game, breaking the previous record set in 1938, when the new york giants defeated the brooklyn dodgers, 16-1.houston now enjoys a 16.5 game lead in american league west, the largest since the seattle mariners led by 19 games during the 2001 season, making the astros a virtual lock to qualify for the playoffs. their future beyond that, however, is less certain.since 1996, the first full season with at least one wild-card team, 77 of 126 division champions (61 percent) held at least a share of that division lead at the all-star break, in






astros to face dodgers in world series after shutting out yankees in game 7 of a


fifty feet from home plate, jose altuve’s bat hit ground. the baseball touched down 314 feet further, in the third row of right-field seats. he had swung hard, and he had not let go. the smallest man on the field carried his weapon until he was certain that his home run was a home run, that his houston astros had a two-run lead in the fifth inning, that their season was a step closer to lasting at least another week.then, he flipped it. he flipped it with so much joy, and a bit of vengeance."i didn't know what to do," altuve said. “i was just running. but that bat flip was for my team. i love my team.”buoyed by their star and two standout pitching performances, the astros shut out the new york yankees, 4-0, on saturday night at minute maid park, surviving a hardscrabble american league cha






dodgers confident ss seager will be in world series lineup


los angeles — look for dodgers shortstop corey seager to be back in the los angeles lineup when the world series begins.the all-star didn't play in the nl championship series against the cubs because of a back injury.but manager dave roberts said sunday that the team was "very confident" seager was ready to return. los angeles takes on the houston astros in the world series opener tuesday night at dodger stadium.depending on how seager is feeling, he could be the designated hitter for the dodgers when the series shifts to houston for game 3.seager hit .295 with 22 home runs and 77 rbis, a season after he was the nl rookie of the year. he went 3 for 11 with four walks in the nl division series against arizona, but tweaked his back during a slide in game 3.charlie culberson did well while fi






world series: four facts that make the astros-dodgers clash historic


with 10 teams now qualifying for mlb's playoffs, an argument can be made that sometimes, the best team doesn't win the world series.        






a capsule look at the world series


a look at the best-of-seven world series between the houston astros and los angeles dodgers:___schedule: (all times edt, televised by fox) game 1, tuesday, at los angeles, 8:09 p.m.; game 2, wednesday, at los angeles, 8:09 p.m.; game 3, friday, at houston, 8:09 p.m.; game 4, saturday, at houston, 8:09 p.m.; x-game 5, sunday, at houston, 8:16 p.m.; x-game 6, tuesday, oct. 31, at los angeles, 8:09 p.m.; x-game 7, wednesday, nov. 1, at los angeles, 8:10 p.m.x-if necessary.___season series: teams didn't meet in 2017.___projected lineups (regular season statistics):astros: cf george springer (.283, 34 hrs, 85 rbis), 3b alex bregman (.284, 19, 71, 39 doubles), 2b jose altuve (.346, 24, 81, 39 doubles, 32 sbs; 204 hits to lead al for 4th straight year, won 2nd consecutive batting title and 3rd ov






dodgers ace clayton kershaw bound for rehab start with triple-a oklahoma city


the dodgers are 87-35. that translates to a 116-win pace. only one other team in baseball, the astros, has won more than 75 games thus far. the dodgers remain the class of the sport, within striking range of the 2001 mariners. the team traveled here on sunday evening after dropping a series finale...






dodgers beat pirates with yasiel puig's solo homer in 12th inning


the dodgers are 87-35. that translates to a 116-win pace. only one other team in baseball, the astros, has won more than 75 games thus far. the dodgers remain the class of the sport, within striking range of the 2001 mariners. the team traveled here on sunday evening after dropping a series finale...






the latest: seager expected to be back on dodgers' roster


los angeles — the latest on the world series (all times local):___5:45 p.m.dodgers manager dave roberts says corey seager is taking aggressive groundballs during the team's workout in preparation for game 1 of the world series.he says that unless something "really unforeseen happens" he expects seager to be on the world series roster, which is due several hours ahead of first pitch.seager hurt his back on a slide in game 3 of the nl division series and was left off the nl championship series roster while he recovered.___5:40 p.m.clayton kershaw donated to relief efforts in the wake of hurricane harvey in texas, where he and wife ellen are from.the dodgers ace says he wanted to contribute because of his roots and he knows people who were affected by the devastating storm. his wife attended






astros beat yankees 4-0 in alcs game 7, advance to world series vs. dodgers


charlie morton and lance mccullers combined on a three-hitter, jose altuve and evan gattis homered and the houston astros reached the world series for only the second time, blanking the new york yankees 4-0 saturday night in game 7 of the al championship series.just four years removed from their third straight 100-loss season in 2013, the astros shut down the yankees on consecutive nights after dropping three in a row in the bronx.next up for the astros: game 1 of the world series against the los angeles dodgers on tuesday night. los angeles opened as a narrow favorite, but houston aces dallas keuchel and alcs mvp justin verlander will have plenty of rest before the matchup begins at sweltering dodger stadium.the only previous time the astros made it this far, they were a national league t






a capsule look at the world series


a look at the best-of-seven world series between the houston astros and los angeles dodgers:___schedule: (all times edt, televised by fox) game 1, tuesday, at los angeles, 8:09 p.m.; game 2, wednesday, at los angeles, 8:09 p.m.; game 3, friday, at houston, 8:09 p.m.; game 4, saturday, at houston, 8:09 p.m.; x-game 5, sunday, at houston, 8:16 p.m.; x-game 6, tuesday, oct. 31, at los angeles, 8:09 p.m.; x-game 7, wednesday, nov. 1, at los angeles, 8:10 p.m.x-if necessary.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.___season series: teams didn’t meet in 2017.___projected lineups (regular season statistics):astros: cf george springer (.283, 34 hrs, 85 rbis), 3b alex bregman (.284, 19, 71, 39 doubles), 2b jose altuve (.346, 24, 81, 39 doubles, 32 sbs; 204 hits to lead al for 4th s






what time will the dodgers' world series games start? – la times


after a travel day, the series switches to either houston or new york, depending on whether the astros or yankees advance out of the american league championship series, for the next three games. games 3 and 4 are on oct. 27 and 28. they come on the air at 4:30 p.m. and the first pitch is scheduled for 5:09 p.m. both days.






hot world series on deck: altuve, astros vs kershaw, dodgers


big-time aces clayton kershaw and justin verlander. playoff boppers jose altuve and justin turner.a pair of 100-win teams for the first time in nearly a half-century. hollywood walk of fame vs. texans who wear the star. a little extra magic, plus nolan back in the fast lane.this is one hot world series — the houston astros, fresh off a game 7 victory over the yankees, taking on the los angeles dodgers, well rested after a postseason romp.could be real steamy, too. it’s supposed to be almost 100 degrees at dodger stadium for the opener tuesday night, maybe the hottest temperature ever at a world series game.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.at least the familiar october chill that makes players and fans shiver shouldn’t be an issue outdoors in sun-baked california or






astros advance to world series by shutting out yankees in alcs game 7


houston — eventually there will be time for the yankees to reflect on a season that turned out far better than anticipated.they’ll reflect on how they soared past the modest expectations set for them in spring training, doing so with contributions from a young core of talent that — in terms of long-term success — has the franchise looking the best it has in a generation.latest yankees storiesbut that will come later.the immediate aftertaste is a bitter one for 2017, which ended with a thud saturday night in a 4-0 loss to the astros in game 7 of the american league championship series in front of 43,201 roaring fans at minute maid park.the astros, who swept the yankees in four games here and outscored them 15-3 in those games, advanced to the world series for the second time and the first a






hot world series on deck: altuve, astros vs kershaw, dodgers


big-time aces clayton kershaw and justin verlander. playoff boppers jose altuve and justin turner.a pair of 100-win teams for the first time in nearly a half-century. hollywood walk of fame vs. texans who wear the star. a little extra magic, plus nolan back in the fast lane.this is one hot world series — the houston astros, fresh off a game 7 victory over the yankees, taking on the los angeles dodgers, well rested after a postseason romp.could be real steamy, too. it's supposed to be almost 100 degrees at dodger stadium for the opener tuesday night, maybe the hottest temperature ever at a world series game.at least the familiar october chill that makes players and fans shiver shouldn't be an issue outdoors in sun-baked california or under the retractable roof at minute maid park.not that y






world series: how the astros and dodgers match up


a position-by-position look at the houston astros and los angeles dodgers going into the world series, starting tuesday evening at dodger stadium:___first base:astros: yuli gurriel. the 33-year-old rookie from cuba has made a pretty smooth transition to the majors after signing a $47.5 million, five-year contract. a right-handed hitter with pop, he’s solved a problem spot for houston at first base and provided a clutch bat in october, batting .366 in the al playoffs.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.dodgers: cody bellinger. the runaway favorite for nl rookie of the year, bellinger set an nl rookie record with 39 home runs — second in the league this season to miami slugger giancarlo stanton (59). bellinger made his debut april 25 and wound up leading the team in rbi






baseball chasing dodgers, astros on eve of second half


the washington nationals have bryce harper anchoring one of baseball’s best lineups, and a glaring hole at the back of their bullpen. the boston red sox are enjoying life with chris sale, and missing david ortiz at times. the chicago cubs are searching for answers for their pesky championship hangover.the los angeles dodgers and houston astros are looking down at the rest of the majors right now, and it’s quite a gap at the moment.with the all-star game in the rearview mirror and the trade deadline inching closer, the world series favorites are as clear as the beautiful blue waters of miami that hosted baseball’s best players for the past couple days. the dodgers and astros are each on pace to win 100-plus games, something that hasn’t happened for two teams in a single season since the st.






all astros in decisive game 7 of alcs


houston – fifty feet from home plate, jose altuve's bat hit ground. the ball touched down 314 feet further, in the third row of the right-field seats.he had swung hard, and he had not let go. the smallest man on the field carried his weapon until he was certain that his fly ball was a home run, that his houston astros had a two-run lead, that their season was a step closer to lasting at least another week.then, he flipped it. he flipped it with so much joy, so much excitement, and soon his dreams were fulfilled. the astros shut out the new york yankees 4-0 on saturday night at minute maid park, surviving a hardscrabble american league championship series in seven games to secure their spot in the 2017 world series.houston won its second pennant, becoming the first major league team to win






astros beat yankees 4-0 in game 7, reach world series


houston — charlie morton and lance mccullers combined on a three-hitter, jose altuve and evan gattis homered and the houston astros reached the world series, blanking the new york yankees 4-0 saturday night in game 7 of the al championship series.just four years removed from their third straight 100-loss season in 2013, the astros shut down the yankees for two straight games after dropping three in a row in the bronx.next up for the astros: game 1 of the world series against the los angeles dodgers on tuesday night. los angeles opened as a narrow favorite, but houston aces dallas keuchel and alcs mvp justin verlander will have plenty of rest before the matchup begins at dodger stadium.houston has never won even a single world series game. the only previous time the astros made it this far,






dodgers’ hill starts game 2 of world series, then darvish


los angeles (ap) — dodgers left-hander rich hill has been picked to pitch game 2 of the world series.los angeles manager dave roberts made the announcement sunday before a workout.ace clayton kershaw will start the opener tuesday night against houston star dallas keuchel at dodger stadium. hill will pitch wednesday night against al championship series mvp justin verlander.yu darvish will start game 3 for the dodgers when the series shifts to houston on friday night.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.hill went 12-8 with a 3.32 era in 25 starts this season. he followed kershaw in the first two rounds of the nl playoffs.darvish was acquired from texas on july 31. he is 5-5 in 14 career starts against the astros, including 1-1 this season.






verlander, altuve help astros top yanks to force alcs game 7


houston — justin verlander remained perfect with the houston astros when they couldn't afford anything else.the ace right-hander pitched seven shutout innings and jose altuve homered and drove in three runs during a 7-1 victory over the new york yankees on friday night that extended the al championship series to a decisive game 7."he's been everything that we could have hoped for and more," astros manager a.j. hinch said about verlander. "he chose to come here for games like this and beyond."acquired in an aug. 31 trade, verlander has won all nine of his outings for the astros — including three starts and his first career relief appearance during the postseason. with his new club facing playoff elimination for the first time in game 6 against the yankees, he delivered again to tie the seri






at long last, dodgers ace kershaw pitches in world series


los angeles (ap) — in the twilight zone of october, the clock turns back at dodger stadium.to the mound, to the moments that defined world series champions. orel hershiser, steely and standing tall.fernando valenzuela, eyes to the sky.the great sandy koufax, the very picture of pitching.and that brings us to game 1 on tuesday night, when the los angeles dodgers host the houston astros. up on the bump, on baseball’s biggest stage, we finally will see clayton kershaw.about time, right?most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.kershaw has done most everything an ace can accomplish — three cy young awards, five era crowns, three strikeout titles, a seven-time all-star who’s also won an mvp trophy and thrown a no-hitter.now, against a backdrop of the san gabriel mountains majest






dave roberts on getting the dodgers ready for game 4


the dodgers play the chicago cubs today at wrigley field in game 4 of the nlcs. if they win, they will advance to the world series to play either the yankees or astros. lose and they play again thursday. first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. pt.join bill plaschke, dylan hernandez, bill shaikin and andy mccullough as they bring you all the info before and during the game right here.






finally, the dodgers have the look of a world series team


the dodgers beat the cubs 11-1 in game 5 of the national league championship series to earn a spot in the world series.






hernandez hits 3 hrs, dodgers top cubs to reach world series


chicago — enrique hernandez put a hollywood ending on an la story three decades in the making.fueled by hernandez's home run trilogy, clayton kershaw and the los angeles dodgers are finally going to the world series.hernandez homered three times and drove in seven runs, kershaw breezed through six crisp innings and los angeles ended the chicago cubs' title defense with an 11-1 victory in game 5 of the nl championship series on thursday night."it feels good to hear world series," kershaw said. "it's been a long time coming for this team."after years of playoff heartache, there was just no stopping this group of dodgers. with kershaw firing away at the top of a deep pitching staff and justin turner anchoring a tough lineup, one of baseball's most storied franchises captured its first pennant






i bet you didn't know there were this many ways to fear a cgi baby


gif netflix’s a series of unfortunate events has a number of visual effects in it, since it’s a show with a number of strange and unreal settings, action, and fantastical creatures and devices. but the thing that will haunt you is the baby. advertisementoh, sunny. this isn’t just a cgi baby for the sake of the safety of a real baby. this baby’s face is cgied so she can talk. it’s got cgi arms and hands to deal poker. it’s got a cgied relationship with a cgi snake. and the effect ranges from “oh, that’s not that badly done” to “ahhhhhhh!”take a look at zoic’s many baby effects (and, yes, other things) in the studio’s effects reel: