World Series Opener Could Set Weather Record
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tuesday's opening game of the 2017 World Series may set a weather record as game time temperatures could be in the triple digits.
The current record of 94 degrees was set in Phoenix in the 2001 Series.
Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw is set to pitch Game 1 on Tuesday night against Dallas Keuchel at Dodger Stadium. Rich Hill will start Game 2 for the Dodgers vs. AL Championship Series MVP Justin Verlander.
Yu Darvish will start Game 3 for the Dodgers when the Series shifts to Houston on Friday night. Acquired from Texas on July 31, he’s the most familiar with the Astros.
Darvish is 5-5 in 14 career starts against them, including 1-1 this season.
Keuchel has never faced the Dodgers. Verlander beat Los Angeles on Aug. 20 with eight dominant innings, shortly before he got traded from Detroit.
“It’s hard to dismiss the two guys at the top of the rotation,” Roberts said, also praising Houston’s “athleticism” and “ability to slug.”
The Astros showed off all facets Saturday night, beating the New York Yankees 4-0 in Game 7 of the ALCS.
The Dodgers haven’t played the Astros since 2015, when they dropped a three-game series at Houston. The previous time they met was 2012, back when Houston was still in the National League and stuck in the midst of three straight 100-loss seasons.