I’m sure that by now you already know this news but I was camping over the weekend so I ran out of time to write. After the Dodgers clinched the division on Thursday night, the spotlights turned to Houston where the Yankees had a 3-2 lead in the ALCS. The Astros battled back and won the final two games of the series, clinching the AL Pennant and moving on to the World Series.
Eight months after the beginning of Spring Training, only two teams remain. The Dodgers are the only NL team left and they will play the only team that is still standing in the AL, the Houston Astros.
Clayton Kershaw will take the mound for the Dodgers in game one and the Astros will counter with their ace Dallas Keuchel. Kershaw owns a 2.31 earned run average while Keuchel’s ERA stands at 2.90. Kershaw owns an 18-4 record, four wins and one loss better than Keuchel’s (14-5). One thing to keep an eye on in this series is the home run. First pitch will be roughly 98 degrees tonight. That is perfect for hitting homers. In addition, Kershaw gave up a career-high 23 home runs this season and another six in the postseason. Keuchel, on the other hand, gave up only 15 home runs this season and he has not given up any longballs this postseason.
Keep an eye out for all of those possible World Series MVPs on both clubs. Both teams have a boatload of possible MVPs.
Who would have thought that Chris Taylor would have the kind of year he’s had this year? I didn’t think twice when I saw that he was not on the Dodgers’ 25-man opening day roster. Now, as home runs, triples, and doubles are becoming regular from this man, it’s a shocker when he isn’t starting. He also plays amazing defense from his new position, center field.
Justin Turner re-signed with the Dodgers during the off-season hoping that he would help lead the Dodgers to the World Series. He did that with a terrific season and a truly amazing postseason. Turner owns a batting average of .387 this postseason and he has hit three homers. His two most memorable homers were his three-run shot in game one of the NLDS and his walk-off homer in game two of the NLCS.
Yasiel Puig has been having a great year and an amazing postseason. He has matured since his debut in 2013. Instead of driving the Dodgers crazy all year, Puig had two instances where he was “grounded” this season. His postseason has been fun for him and all of his fans. Even though he has matured, he still has been having fun. It all started when he licked his bat in game one of the NLDS. After that, his tongue seems to be out of his mouth every time a camera is on him.
Although Kershaw hasn’t been pitching at the level of perfection that he expects from himself, he is one of the best pitchers in the Major Leagues. Longballs have been a problem for him, but he’s also shown that he doesn’t crumble under pressure. If the Dodgers find themselves in a do or die situation, don’t be surprised to see Kershaw step in and save the day.
Kenley Jansen re-signed with the Dodgers during the off-season for two reasons. First, the Dodgers felt like family and he didn’t want to go anywhere else. Second, he wanted to lead the Dodgers to the World Series. Jansen has had a truly spectacular year in every way. He has converted 41 out of his 42 save opportunities, most likely aided by his 109/7 strikeout/walk ratio. Jansen is also capable of going multiple innings is Dave Roberts asks him to.
I’m running out of time so I can’t write all of their possible MVPs the way that I wrote all of the Dodgers. Besides, I don’t want any of them to be the MVP. José Altuve ranks high up along with the Astros’ shortstop Carlos Correa.
Let me know who you think will be the MVP. And please, don’t feel limited the the few players I listed here. Remember to watch the game tonight. It starts at 5 pm PT and will be televised on FOX.