2017 World Series

After two games, the 2017 World Series has already been one against the odds

Before it even began on Tuesday night, the 2017 World Series seemed to have broken all the predictions and all the odds.

It wasn’t the World Series matchup that Major League Baseball brass and television networks were hoping for which would have included the two largest baseball markets in MLB, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees.

World Series
Clayton Kershaw. Los Angeles Times.

Instead, it featured the Dodgers and the Houston Astros, whose home town had just been decimated by one of the worst hurricanes the country has ever seen.

So in all actuality, perhaps FOX Sports did get its wish as every available eye in the Houston Area is turned towards the Astros to bring the first World Series title home to the city (and to the entire state of Texas) and give them a reason to smile. 

Its an unlikely matchup between two 100-plus win teams in a year where, for just the sixth time in MLB history, three teams had won over 100-games (the third being the Cleveland Indians).

Now, Games 1 and 2 of the 2017 World Series have been played and we are right back where we started, in a tie, as the series makes it’s way to Houston’s Minute Maid Park.

Game 1 was so well pitched by Clayton Kershaw and Dallas Keuchel, that it the shortest World Series game game in 25 years at just two hours and 28 minutes. Then Game 2 was a long four hour and 19 minute adventure all its own.

Game 2 may have been one of the craziest and most unbelievable World Series games of all time. Records were set, home runs hit and by the time it was over, hearts were broken.

The two teams hit a World Series record total of eight home runs with four of those coming in extra innings and breaking another record.

1989 World Series
Dave Henderson. Sports Illustrated.

As soon as fans thought one team was the inevitable winner the other team home would hit a homerun. Round and round the game seemed to go until the Houston Astros came out on top of the Los Angeles Dodgers by the score of 7-6.

The record broken that night was from Game 3 of the 1989 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics. It was a game played 28 years ago, the year after the Dodgers defeated the A’s in their most recent World Series Championship.

The Giants’ Matt Williams and Bill Bathe combined with Oakland’s Jose Canseco, Tony Phillips, Carney Lansford and Dave Henderson (who had a spectacular two-homer game) to hit a total of seven home runs in a single World Series game.

The odds of what happened on Tuesday night were slim, in fact the odds of almost everything that happened in Game two were relatively slim, the home runs, the extra innings, the breaking of records, all of it.

The Dodgers’ closer, Kenley Jansen, who had barely given up a hit in the postseason, uncharacteristically blew the save, allowing the game to go into extra innings.

Houston’s Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve became just the first double-play duo in World Series history to hit back to back home runs.

World Series
George Springer. Sports Illustrated.

The home run count for the Los Angeles Dodgers looked like this: Joc Pederson, Corey Seager, Yasiel Puig and most surprisingly of all Charlie Culberson.

Culberson has gone from spending most of the year in Triple-A to hitting .455 in the National League Championship Series and hitting a home run in the World Series.

The home run count for the the Houston Astros looked like this: Marwin Gonzalez, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer hit the home run that eventually led to the Astros 7-6 victory.

Both Games 1 and 2 went against all predictions and all odds.

Hopefully the adventure will continue in Game 3 that begins at 8 PM ET on Friday night.

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