World Series Game One, 2017

Astros at Dodgers, 5:09 PM PT, TV: Fox

It’s lefty versus lefty in Game One, as Dallas Keuchel (14-5, 2.90 ERA) takes the hill for the Astros and Clayton Kershaw (18-4, 2.31 ERA) does the same for the Dodgers. Keuchel is 2-1 in three starts this postseason with a 2.60 ERA, while Kershaw is 2-0 in his three starts this postseason with a 3.63 ERA.

I didn’t realize the two managers worked together in San Diego and are good friends.

This is the first time two 100-win teams will face each other in the Series since the Reds and Orioles in 1970 (the Series Roger Angell of The New Yorker called “The Baltimore Vermeers”).

Today in baseball history:

  • 1972 Jackie Robinson, weakened by complications of heart disease and diabetes, dies of a heart attack in his home in North Stamford, Connecticut. The 53-year-old nearly-blind baseball pioneer and social activist’s death comes nine days after his appearance at the World Series, where he threw the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium.
  • 1987 The Twins, amidst the deafening crowd noise of the hanky-waving fans in the Metrodome, stave off elimination when the team scores a total of eight runs in the fifth and sixth frames of Game 6 to beat the Cardinals, 11-5. Minnesota’s southpaw-swinging Kent Hrbek hits a sixth-inning grand slam off left-handed Ken Dayley to put the contest out of reach for the Redbirds.
  • 1992 In Game 6, Canada wins its first-ever World Series when the Blue Jays beat the Braves at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, 4-3. Forty-one year-old Dave Winfield’s 11th inning double is the key hit in Toronto’s victory.

Lineup:

  • WinnipegDave

    So exciting. I have been getting ready for this one by reliving moments from 1988. I used to love the video montages networks would do at the end of World Series (and other sports championship events). Here is the one from 88 – featuring Whitney Houston’s song (done for the Seoul Olympics that summer).
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=y1_u5SGNvXg

  • WinnipegDave

    Also – I have been so excited to be corresponding via email and telephone with Scooplew over the last few weeks.
    He very generously bought a Dodger shirt and sent it along with some items from the playoff game he went to this year. Check out what my son will be wearing tonight as we watch the game together tonight!
    Thanks again Scoop for your kindness and thoughtfulness!!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c939a68d1952b34a7735a21e3e213a3705e8e1718637d93bcc6200914b71f47b.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dbb0f9bc2d5ea5cc380ec4cc165173709b8645d147c6477175f59d4c011b46bc.jpg

    • WBBsAs

      Next time, rotate your tires…

      • WinnipegDave

        They were upright when I attached them.

    • scooplew

      WinnipegDave: Thanks for the shout-out. Always glad to bring joy to young baseball fans, even those who are not rooting for the Dodgers (but being a Dodgers fan adds to the pleasure). I expect you and your son to root the Dodgers to victory from Manitoba!

  • WinnipegDave

    Just saw the roster. Seager (yay!) and McCarthy in. Granderson and Farmer out.
    Surprised about McCarthy. He hasn’t pitched in a long time. I guess he would be long relief guy if needed.

  • John_from_Aus

    I like the the lineup, interesting order with Seager at 6, but I like it

  • John_from_Aus

    Are we doing predictions before it all starts? (Or do we not want to Jinx things)

  • Howard Fox

    Dodgers in 6.

    • John_from_Aus

      That’s what I was thinking. I think it will be 1-1, but then we will win 2 out of 3 in Houston, before winning game 6 back at home

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Great atmosphere riding the Dodger Express to the stadium. Now in a humongous line to get into the store. I may just order my t-shirt by mail.

  • scooplew

    I am wearing one of my two Jackie Robinson T-shirts today, not realizing that he died 45 years ago today.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’m wearing mine as well. I’ve worn it to all five of the postseason games I’ve seen and they won four of them so far.

      • scooplew

        Bob, let’s keep that winning percentage and T-shirt wearing going. Speaking of Jackie Robinson, below is a link to a free-lance story that I did on him in 2013 for a local weekly on the Monterey Peninsula. If I shared it with you all before, please forgive me. It begins on Page 26 A and continues on Page 28 A.

        http://pineconearchive.fileburstcdn.com/130426PCA.pdf

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I look forward to reading it – – perhaps on the red-eye bus back tonight!

        • Very good reminiscence. Thanks!

          • scooplew

            You’re welcome.

  • Does anyone cook “stadium food” on game nights like this one? Hot dogs, burgers? We’re having pizza because I can’t be bothered cutting and slicing and standing over the stove.

    • WBBsAs

      At this hour, I’ll have cheese and crackers, and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc (it’s hot here in the Bay Area, but not so hot as LA).

      • One of these days I’ll make it to LA to that French Dip place: Phillippe’s?

        • WBBsAs

          No idea. I only rarely visit LA, usually to catch a flight south.

    • WinnipegDave

      We had pizza at my house as well!

  • Puig gives Ward a kiss during introductions. 🙂

  • Fans are in blue.

    • And Puig with blue hair.

      • Buck and Smoltz wearing blue as well.

  • Awesomely sung SBB

  • WBBsAs

    Sadly, we have to suffer Joe Buck.

  • WinnipegDave

    Here. We. Go.
    Let’s get this done.

  • WinnipegDave

    K!

  • WBBsAs

    Hoping that Springer can keep his streak intact.

  • WBBsAs

    Two easy outs!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice start.

  • WinnipegDave

    Good inning

  • WBBsAs

    Breezing through the first.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ha. I just psyched myself out for half a moment. When they went to break, I wondered to myself how the other baseball series was going.
    Nope this is the only game around Dave.

  • Bob_Hendley

    CT, oh boy!

  • WinnipegDave

    CT!

  • WinnipegDave

    I thought we were going to try and work the count. 😉
    Work the process Taylor.

    • Bob_Hendley

      That’s what they thought as well.

      • John_from_Aus

        Certainly making a statement with that first pitch

  • Bob_Hendley

    19 P count.

  • Nice and easy.

  • WBBsAs

    I want a game so one-sided that everybody but Dodgers tunes out.

  • Bob_Hendley

    That YouTube sign is a bit disconcerting. I keep wanting to touch the screen

    • WinnipegDave

      Press play.

  • Nuts.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    It is HOT and muggy!

  • There goes the no-hitter.

    • WinnipegDave

      Saves Doc from some questions down the road.

  • WinnipegDave

    3 or 4 innings more like that would be just fine!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      And more runs

      • WinnipegDave

        Yes let’s score more.

  • Bob_in_Vegas
    • WinnipegDave

      Wish we were there with you Bob!

    • Bob_Hendley

      When is your cap from?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Gift several years ago. Have a new one but gotta be consistent with postseason

    • WBBsAs

      You need to rotate your tires, too.

      • WinnipegDave

        I think the fault lies with Disqus.

  • WBBsAs

    Joe Buck’s utterly ignorant – this is the likeliest time for excessive heat in Southern California.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bunt defense nothing like the Cubbies. Don’t think they get much practice

  • WinnipegDave

    Sugar!

  • WinnipegDave

    Back to square one.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Thanks Link

    • Looks familiar

  • WinnipegDave

    That did look like ball 4.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Make up for earlier miss that got Doc up on the steps.

  • WinnipegDave

    Lots of K’s but one bad pitch.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    We need to you have more to cheer about and wave our towels because that creates a breeze

    • Astros are helping with their swing and misses

  • WinnipegDave

    The breaks between innings have been longer than the innings themselves.

  • RBI

    I like the one pitch one out at bats.

  • RBI

    I like the five pitch three out innings.

    • WinnipegDave

      Including a K!

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager on. Let’s not do the double play thing again please.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      They didn’t listen

    • WinnipegDave

      Grrrumph!

  • Doggone it!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Waiting for the bullpen. Waiting for the bullpen. Waiting for the…

  • RBI

    DPs are killing us.

    • WBBsAs

      Are you there?

      • RBI

        No. Babysitting grandchildren so my son can be. Tomorrow!

  • Chauffeur terrier indeed.

  • 199 career postseason Ks for Smoltz. Wow.

    • WinnipegDave

      Well when you make it in 14 out of 15 years in a row…

  • RBI

    Let’s get some runs, hmmmm?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Klayton trying the Yu approach

  • Come on, Justin!

  • HLKLA

    We are watching a classic World Series game, with good pitching on both sides.

    • WinnipegDave

      What is this 1915?

      • 1963, 1965, 1967, 1968.

        • HLKLA

          I was thinking those same years!

  • WinnipegDave

    Two out walk is a good way to beat the double play!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Turner with the dinger!

  • Woohoo.

  • HLKLA

    Turner!

  • WinnipegDave

    JT!!!

  • HLKLA

    Please sir, may we have some More?

  • WBBsAs

    Not quite the shot that Taylor’s was, but it’ll do.

  • RBI

    JT!!!!!!!!

  • HLKLA

    The two out walk always comes back to bite!

  • WinnipegDave
  • Hold on, Clayton!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Bridge to Kenley

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    JT!!!!!!!!
    The cheers for him became the loudest of the night since Vinny took over after CTS home run

  • John_from_Aus

    just back from teaching classes, great to see our lead restored

  • WinnipegDave

    Altuve is a good hitter.

    • WBBsAs

      Altuve deserves respect.

  • Hoping to have returned the double play favor

  • WinnipegDave

    Seagrrr!

    • Bob_Hendley

      He’d make a great DH!

    • Fixed your picture, sir. See below.

  • Bob_Hendley

    ‘Stros have their own Cuban Y-guy. Saw him play in WBC in DF.

  • Kersh, way to go.

  • HLKLA

    Probably Kershaw’s last inning?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Would assume so.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Hugs you n the dugout, so yeah.

  • WBBsAs

    It’s the middle of the seventh, and time to mute GBA.

    • HLKLA

      I am with you there.

      • WinnipegDave

        Seems very american

        • WBBsAs

          Dog bless America
          Hound that I love
          Stand beside him and guide him
          With the leash that descends from above.

        • HLKLA

          Very American, just not necessary at a sporting event.

          • WinnipegDave

            Where would be better?

          • HLKLA

            Fourth of July concert.

          • Trump’s impeachment

  • RBI

    Kershaw is a gunslinger.

  • scooplew

    Kershaw. conquers the 7th inning.

    • And the sixth

    • WinnipegDave

      Player of the game thus far.

      • scooplew

        Yes, until Turner hits another homer. They then share the honor.

        • Who was on base when Turner hit his HR?

          • WinnipegDave

            Mike Davis.

          • Nope

          • WinnipegDave

            1988 reference.

          • I was guessing of that possibility .

          • WinnipegDave

            Cool.

          • CT

          • He’s in the discussion

  • HLKLA

    Well that partially makes up for the error.

  • HLKLA

    Battle of bullpens now.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Here come the pen, do do do do dah…

    • WinnipegDave

      Let’s work them over.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Logan with the BB.

  • John_from_Aus

    A simple single will do

  • WinnipegDave

    Ethier on deck.

  • HLKLA

    Barnes being patient.

  • HLKLA

    Time to go (to)Morrow!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Bullpen needs to be their dominant selves!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    What an incredibly fast gain, even with the extended commercial breaks

  • Bob_Hendley

    Stress time.

  • HLKLA

    Whew,

    • WinnipegDave

      My exact thought.

      • WBBsAs

        Foul all the way.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Carried much farther than I thought

  • Quique!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kenley time!

    • John_from_Aus

      Let’s add first and make his appearance redundant

      • Bob_Hendley

        Where is your sense of the dramatic?

  • WinnipegDave

    One more inning!

  • Couple more runs would be nice.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hey CT – how do you feel about bookend HR’S?
    Nevermind.

  • Come on JT, let Belli see a righty

  • WinnipegDave

    On to the 9th.

  • John_from_Aus

    Here we go, remember to breathe everyone

    • RBI

      Breathe? What is this breathe?

      • WBBsAs

        Respirar…

      • WinnipegDave

        There is only waiting to exhale hey RBI.

      • 😉

  • You had me at game

  • John_from_Aus

    Hope it’s quick, I have classes in 15 minutes

  • Bob_Hendley

    Top of the order. Hold on to your hats!

  • WinnipegDave

    Kenley Jansen.
    Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap

  • Not hitting the catcher’s mitt.

    • HLKLA

      As well as the catchers.

  • WinnipegDave

    1 away.

  • WBBsAs

    That’s one!

  • WinnipegDave

    Jansen up in the zone.

    • WinnipegDave

      Looking a bit wild.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Be scary to be a ball and have Puig chasing after you.

  • WinnipegDave

    If Belli and Puig collided. 🙁

  • WinnipegDave

    2 away.

  • John_from_Aus

    one more

  • Bob_Hendley

    Puig with the two-handed!

  • WinnipegDave

    We won!

    • WBBsAs

      Future person delivers!

      • WinnipegDave

        And we win!

  • Thank you

  • John_from_Aus

    oh yea

  • HLKLA

    Three more to go!

  • John_from_Aus

    and finished before classes started 🙂

    • WinnipegDave

      Woot!

      • scooplew

        Wow!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Fastest WS game in past 25 years.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Congrats Bob!

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw – so so in playoffs.
    Amazing in the World Series.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!! !!!! !

    • WinnipegDave

      Love this!

    • Give yourself an upvote RBI and our lineup will be complete.

      • RBI

        Done!

  • One down.

    • Bob_Hendley

      You watching delayed? 🙂

  • Same time tomorrow.

    • John_from_Aus

      with the same result

  • I said Smoltz had the postseason K record with 199. Kershaw now has 133.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I wouldn’t mind at all if he doesn’t get another chance to pitch this year

    • Bob_Hendley

      Smoltz in 209 innings, so 8.6 rate. Klayton in 113 innings for 10.6 rate.

  • scooplew

    Jackie Robinson would have liked that, and I am sure that his wife, Rachel, and their children, who were all there, did.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Many others with Jackie shirts as well as mine

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The Baton goes to youRBI — take them to a win tomorrow

    • RBI

      Got it.

  • RBI

    AGon on Sportsnet with Orel, Nomar, and Co!!!

  • WBBsAs

    I felt a bit sickly during the day, from what I don’t know, but this game re-energized me.

  • Sports Illustrated on Game One & Kershaw.

  • Bittersweet story of the Dodgers’ pennant this season from SI.

    • WBBsAs

      There are many good things about the ‘Stros, but none of them is good enough to justify a Houston Series victory.

  • NPUT