An exciting left-handed duel between Clayton Kershaw and Dallas Keuchel opens the World Series of baseball between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros in the Los Angeles city on Tuesday.
The Dodgers, who dethroned 4-1 in the series – the best of seven games – the until then champions of the past ‘Classic’, the Chicago Cubs, come to the Series for the first time since 1988, when they rose to the top at the cost of the Oakland Athletics, in another game between teams from the Western League.
For their part, the Astros, who had to sweat the most at their top in the American League against the New York Yankees, known as the ‘Baby Bombers’, started on the circuit 4-3.
The Astros reach the Fall Classic for the first time since 2005 when they competed in the National League, and in which they then lost to the Chicago White Sox led by Venezuelan Ozzie Guillén.
For its part, the dreamed return of the Angelina ninth to the October Classic was the reward for a fierce nucleus made up of Justin Turner and Chris Taylor, named MVP (Most Valuable Player) of the league championship, rookie Corey Bellinger, Kershaw, the Japanese Yu Darvish and of course the Latinos Kenley Janses (Curaçao), the Puerto Rican Keke Hernández and the Cuban Yasiel Puig.
Hernandez accomplished a feat by hitting three home runs – one with a bases loaded – and driving in seven runs in a landslide victory for his team over the Cubs 11-1 to clinch the coveted World Series berth.
Meanwhile, Puig had a constant performance during these playoffs since after winning the pennant in the West Division of the ‘Old Circuit’, the Dodgers swept the favorite Arizona Diamondbacks 3-0, where the Cuban connected for .455 ( 5-for-11) with four RBIs.
In the Championship Series, Puig did it to .389 with a home run and two RBIs.
Throughout the postseason, the Antillean averaged .414 with one homer and six RBIs.
The Dodgers have one of the best closers in the majors with Jansen from Curaçao, a bolt who can ensure the victory in very close games.
– The Astros have their thing –
The Astros, with the second-best record (101-61) in the regular season behind the Dodgers (104-58), also look strong on paper to claim the trophy in their second World Series appearance.
The ninth Texan comes from fighting tooth and nail with some unexpected Yankees and finally got the ticket to the maximum of seven games.
With a Latin nucleus very inspired by the Venezuelan sensational José Altuve – batting leader in the regular stage and one of the favorites for MVP -, the also llanero Marwin González, the Puerto Rican Carlos Correa, the Cuban Yuliesky Gurriel and the Puerto Rican veteran Carlos Beltrán .
Also with the experienced Brian McCann, a luxury receiver, and the pitcher Justin Verlander -MVP of the league championship-, who came as reinforcement in a last-minute trade from the Detroit Tigers and who achieved two fulminating victories against the Yankees , make the Texan team a strong candidate to win.
The Dodgers, a storied franchise that began playing in Brooklyn, have won six World Series titles in 12 appearances in the Fall Classic.
The most awarded franchises at that level are the Yankees (27 titles), St. Louis Cardinals (11) and San Francisco Giants (8), the latter also playing for New York at the beginning.
For their part, the Astros, an expansion team, visit El Clásico for the second time without having tasted the honeys of victory in their first foray in 2005.
The Baseball World Series, which will begin this Tuesday in Los Angeles, will be a historic limit between a legendary team, the Dodgers, and an expansion team, which will end a long road of 162 regular season games – six months – and a playoff month. AFP