The Los Angeles Dodgers pushed the World Series to an almost inevitable Game 7 on Tuesday when they defeated the Houston Astros 3-1 at Dodger Stadium in LA.
From the opening pitch, this series, more than most, has set up as a potential seven-game classic and that it has delivered has been a pleasant surprise.
Bluntly put, Justin Verlander pitched well enough on Tuesday to deliver the first World Series in franchise history to the Astros, but after finally seeming to break out of their slump in Game 5 the Houston offense hibernated once more.
George Springer homered for the visitors, but the Dodgers rallied for two in the sixth, with Joc Pederson adding a solo shot in the seventh for good measure.
Wednesday Lance McCullers Jr. will head to the hill for the Astros in what is easily the biggest game of his career.
The 24-year-old right-hander, who made the jump to the Majors from Double-A a couple of years ago, has performed well in the post-season conceding six runs in 18 1-3 innings over four appearances.
Ace Dallas Keuchel should be available in relief if needed, as will be the case for the Dodgers with Clayton Kershaw in the bullpen.
Yu Darvish gets the call for LA and will be hoping for a better performance than a miserable outing in Game 3.
Both starters will no doubt be on a very short leash in what is hoped to be a fitting end to one of the better World Series match-ups in recent memory.
Houston are 1/1 to win Game 7 and claim their first-ever World Series victory, with the Dodgers 1/1 to claim the decisive victory and 1/1 to do so by a two-run margin.
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