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smithlucky Oct 23 '17
future Hall of Famer at his best. Once his velocity left several years ago, some believed he was done as a great pitcher and as a power pitcher, but he is back. Since being acquired by the Astros minutes before the Sept. 1 deadline for postseason eligibility, Verlander has gone (including the postseason) 8-0 with a 1.39 ERA, and 59 strikeouts in 51⅔ innings.Limited Stefon Diggs Youth Purple Nike Jersey - #14 NFL Minnesota Vikings Drift Fashion In Casey Hayward Jersey his past 10 postseason starts, he has a 1.77 ERA. He saved the Astros' season with seven brilliant innings in Game 6, running his scoreless innings streak in elimination http://www.officialmarinershop.com/Drew_Smyly_Jersey games to 24, tying the major league record for such things with Madison Bumgarner. Verlander is expected to start Game 2 of the World Series on http://www.officialastrosshop.com/authentic-1-carlos-correa-jersey.html full rest. Dallas Keuchel appears to be all the way back from neck and shoulder injuries earlier this season and is expected to start Game 1. Charlie Morton, who threw five scoreless innings in the clincher in Game 7, and Lance McCullers are the third and fourth starters, in some order. McCullers was terrific in his one start in the LCS and was a sensational curveball machine in a four-inning relief stint in Game 7. That rotation is solid, but it had better be, because the Astros' bullpen -- other than closer Ken Giles (and then McCullers in Game 7) -- has been shaky in the postseason.How good is the Dodgers' bullpen? The Dodgers had the lowest bullpen ERA in the regular season; in the postseason it has been fabulous: 0.94 ERA, two walks and 32 strikeouts in 28⅔ innings. In the LCS, the Cubs had a 0-for-29 stretch against the Dodgers' pen, the longest streak of hitless at-bats by a bullpen in postseason history. The Dodgers' pen will enter the World Series with a 23-inning scoreless streak. Brandon Morrow has been terrific in middle to late relief, as has starter Kenta Maeda, who gives the Dodgers another weapon against right-handed hitters. The best reliever in this postseason, if not all season, has been Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, whose cutter is unhittable Which team has more momentum? The Dodgers are playing like the team that went 50-10 at one point this year, getting them to 55 games over .500. The amazing collapse that followed -- absorbing 11 losses in a row, and losing 16 out of 17 -- eventually got them focused on the goals ahead. No team has ever won a World Series losing 11 in a row (the champion 1953 Yankees lost nine in a row) or 16 out of 17, but those trying days are long gone for L.A. The Dodgers are playing on a different level now, with more and more signs that something exceptional is going on, most recently Enrique Hernandez's unprecedented night in postseason history: three homers and seven RBIs in the clinching Game 5 of the LCS against the Cubs. Meanwhile, the Astros came back from a Casey Hayward Jersey 3-2 deficit to win the pennant. They are being driven by many forces, including having never won the World Series. They are also playing for a community that was so badly affected by Hurricane Harvey, followed by deadly flooding. They are also playing for today's new approach to the game, one steeped in advanced metrics, yet their strongest element is the human element, the joy with which they play the game. The Dodgers are the National League's version of the Astros when it comes to advanced metrics. They, too, are having great fun, winning seven out of eight in October. This series is a toss-up, but the Dodgers have home-field advantage, and they went 57-24 at Dodger Stadium. Prediction: Dodgers in seven.http://www.cabsat.nl/showthread.php/14888-Wade-signs-deal-with-Cavs-to-reunite-with-LeBron?p=43827#post43827http://www.facecool.com/profiles/blogs/sunday-in-a-game-surrounded-by-political-turmoilhttp://www.dracula.microids.com/EN/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=117692 http://whazzup-u.com/profiles/blogs/competitions-jersey
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