Indians, who lost to the New York Yankees in the ALDS, won 102 games, making this a prolific year for top-tier teams, just the sixth season in MLB history with three teams winning 100 games.
The last time any postseason series featured a pair of 100-win teams was the 1977 American League Championship Series, with the 100-win New York Yankees beating the 102-win Kansas City Royals in five games, the second of three straight ALCS battles between George Brett, Thurman Munson and the gang.
A lot of people who work at the league office or who take paychecks from the Fox network probably wanted to see the Yankees and the Cubs in the World Series. They won’t admit it, of course, but I suspect that many did, as the ratings for a Cubs-Yankees Series might’ve broken modern records. If they are at all disappointed by the Astros and Dodgers winning the pennant, however, they should let that go because they’ve been gifted by a wonderful matchup from a purely baseball perspective. Indeed, it’s one of the best on-paper matchups we’ve had in the Fall Classic in many years.
A pair of 100-win teams for the first time in nearly a half-century. Hollywood Walk of Fame vs. Texans who wear the star. A little extra Magic, plus Nolan back in the fast lane.
This is one hot World Series — the Houston Astros, fresh off a Game 7 victory over the Yankees, taking on the narrowly favored Los Angeles Dodgers, well rested after a postseason romp.
Could be real steamy, too. It’s supposed to be almost 100 degrees at Dodger Stadium for the opener Tuesday night, maybe the hottest temperature ever at a World Series game.
“Now we chase the ultimate prize,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “There’s two teams standing. It’s a race to four wins now. At the start there’s a race to 11, we’ve got seven of them down.”
Tuesday, October 24 (Game 1): Houston Astros at Los Angeles Dodgers
Wednesday, October 25 (Game 2): Houston Astros at Los Angeles Dodgers
Friday, October 27 (Game 3): Los Angeles Dodgers at Houston Astros
Saturday, October 28 (Game 4): Los Angeles Dodgers at Houston Astros
*Sunday, October 29 (Game 5): Los Angeles Dodgers at Houston Astros
*Tuesday, October 31 (ame 6): Houston Astros at Los Angeles Dodgers
*Wednesday, November 1 (Game 7): Houston Astros at Los Angeles Dodgers
Fox will televise each game, all of which will begin at 8 p.m. ET. MLB.TV subscribers can also live-stream the World Series. An asterisk indicates the game will be played if necessary.