The 113th World Series, which starts here on Tuesday between the Los Angeles Dodgers (104-58) and the Houston Astros (101-61), will be the first matchup of 100-victory teams in nearly 50 years. The last such meeting, between Baltimore and Cincinnati in 1970, resulted in an emphatic five-game triumph for the Orioles.
Yes, for the first time in nearly three decades, the Dodgers are going to the World Series. They beat last year’s champions, the Cubs, in a dominating 11–1 performance that exemplified what makes this group so dangerous, and they did it behind a three-home-run performance from a young man who won much more than a baseball game Thursday night.
Now the Los Angeles Dodgers are facing up against the Houston Astros on Tuesday at home for the Dodgers. Kershaw, who will start Game 1 against another top left-hander, Dallas Keuchel, went 18-4 and led the National League in earned run average for the fifth time, with a 2.31 mark. He reached 200 strikeouts for the seventh time, and despite middling postseason numbers over all (6-7, 4.40 E.R.A.), the Dodgers have now won eight of his last nine playoff appearances. Hopefully the Dodgers can win this time in the World Series or it will be a devastating loss because it took the Dodgers twenty-eight-years to get to the World Series.