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Los Angeles Dodgers vs Houston Astros: Live World Series 2017 schedule, start time, TV channel

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Houston Astros Houston Astros celebrate with the American League Championship Series trophy
Los Angeles Dodgers vs Houston Astros
The Astros are preparing for their second World Series – and their first as an American League team

Baseball’s World Series, which starts on Tuesday, pits the Houston Astros against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the finale of the Major League Baseball season.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Houston Astros The Dodgers are one of baseball’s most powerful sides, perennial contenders in the National League (NL), but for the Astros, success has been elusive.

Astros pip Yankees to American League title

From baseball’s shortest player to the the Cuban defector nicknamed ‘the Wild Horse and the star with the supermodel fiancee, here are six facts you may not know about the teams.
Houston have never won a World Series

The Astros are among eight of the 30 current Major League Baseball teams that have never won the “Fall Classic”.

They joined the big leagues as the Colt .45s in 1962, becoming the Astros three seasons later, but have played in the World Series only once before – in 2005 when they were thumped 4-0 by the Chicago White Sox.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Houston Astros In 2013, after 51 seasons in the NL, they were moved to the American League (AL), where the pitchers do not bat, and a non-fielding “designated hitter” is used.

The switch meant that each league now has 15 teams, and made inter-league play a regular feature. Before 1997, the only time National and American League sides played each other was in the World Series. Even after that, inter-league play was confined to a short period during each season.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Houston Astros The Astros’ first season in the AL West division in 2013 was a disaster. They finished in last place, losing 111 of their 162 games. However, they reached the postseason in 2015, pipping the New York Yankees to the AL Wild Card while this season they stormed to the AL West title with a 101-61 record, 21 wins ahead of their closest rivals.

But however bad the Astros’ post-season record is, it is not the worst. The Seattle Mariners have never even appeared in the World Series, nor have the Washington Nationals (or their previous incarnation as the Montreal Expos).
Astros star is the shortest in the major leagues
Jose Altuve
Jose Altuve had the best batting average in the American League

The Astros’ success this year has been based on a powerful batting line-up which led the AL in most of the important statistical categories, not least most runs scored.

The key figure is Venezuelan second baseman Jose Altuve, who is the shortest player in top-flight baseball. Some believe he might not even be as tall as his officially registered height of 5ft 6ins.

Altuve’s height counted against him the first time he tried out for the Astros, who turned him down because he was too short. Luckily for them, he came back for a second try a year later.

His diminutive stature in a game increasingly dominated by titans has caused much mirth among baseball commentators, one even working out a way to measure the distance of home runs – or anything else – in Official Standard Listed Altuves.

Altuve posted the best batting average in the American League during the regular season, for the third time in four years – nobody else got close. He is also one of baseball’s best infielders.

Altuve’s former assistant general manager David Stearns has described him as an “anomaly”, adding: “He’s tough to explain, other than the fact he works as hard or harder than anyone, he’s got freakish hand-eye skills, he loves baseball and he wants to be great.”
Dodgers looking to finally make good
Los Angeles Dodgers players celebrate
The Dodgers had the best regular-season record in MLB this season

The Dodgers are without doubt one of the glamour franchises in baseball.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Houston Astros On Opening Day this year, they had the biggest payroll in the majors by far, with a total wage bill of $242m (£183m). The New York Yankees were in second place at $201m (£152m), while the Astros trailed back in 18th place on $124m (£94m).

The Dodgers also earn more from television rights than any other team, and pull in considerably more paying spectators during the regular season to their vast Dodger Stadium, which has the biggest capacity in the majors.

But for all their pulling power, the Dodgers have failed to win a World Series since 1988.

That drought has been made all the more painful by watching their NL West rivals, the San Francisco Giants, win three World Series titles in the last decade.
‘The Wild Horse’
Yasiel Puig
Yasiel Puig risked his life to play in the majors

Yasiel Puig – nicknamed the Wild Horse – is one of the more colourful characters in the Dodgers’ batting line-up.

The Cuban right fielder is man who wears his emotions on his sleeve, never short of an extravagant gesture for every occasion.

He has been in trouble on the field for making an obscene gesture to fans, and off the field for reckless driving, but all that is small beer compared to the risks he had to take just to get to the majors.

After repeatedly failing to defect to Mexico, he was successfully smuggled out of Cuba in a daring and complex operation which remains shrouded in mystery.

Puig and three companions had to trek for 50km on foot through dense mangrove swamps just to avoid police patrols and meet up with the team who smuggled him off the mainland from the infamous Bay of Pigs in a cigarette boat.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Houston Astros A Mexican drug cartel is reported to have been involved, and the operation was funded by a group of US-based businessmen who expected a cut of Puig’s future baseball earnings. One was imprisoned for his role.

But for Puig, the risk has paid handsome dividends. He was reported to have been paid $17 (£12.89) a month to play baseball in Cuba. In 2012 he signed a seven-year deal with the Dodgers worth $42m (£31.85m).

Perhaps understandably, he has been reluctant to talk about the way he escaped Cuba, but he was quoted enigmatically in Los Angeles Magazine as saying: “Sleep is when it’s your time to die. For that reason I sleep with one eye open.”
Superstar with the supermodel fiancee
Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander with fiancee Kate Upton and the MVP trophy
Verlander was named as the most valuable player in the ALCS victory over the Yankees

With the division pennant a certainty weeks before the end of the regular season, Houston’s owners might have rested on their laurels.

Instead they made a huge statement of intent by securing one of the best pitchers in baseball, Justin Verlander, from the Detroit Tigers – right on the trade deadline at the end of August.

Verlander has a glittering CV. Four times he has struck out more batters than any other pitcher in the AL over a season, and in 2011 he secured the pitching “triple crown”, heading the AL in each of the three most important pitching statistics.

The superstar has been an immediate success with the Astros, and struck out 13 Yankees in Game 2 of the AL Championship Series, pitching the complete game.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Houston Astros He also brings a touch of glamour to Texas: his fiancee is the supermodel and actress Kate Upton.

World Series 2017 Schedule: TV, Live-Stream Mlb Coverage for Fall Classic

World Series 2017 As the Los Angeles Dodgers bide their time at home, the New York Yankees and Houston Astros will battle it out in a seventh game of the American League Championship Series on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.


Home field has been kind to both teams, with the home team winning each game. The Yankees will try to counter that edge with veteran pitcher CC Sabathia getting the starting assignment. Charlie Morton will take the mound for the Astros.

World Series 2017 The seventh game is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET and will be televised by FS1.

The winner will go to Los Angeles for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET. The Dodgers won the NLCS, defeating the Chicago Cubs in five games. Dave Roberts’ team earned the title Thursday night, and the manager will have a chance to set his pitching rotation and his lineup as the American Leaguers battle it out.

The World Series will be televised by Fox and will be live-streamed at MLB.TV.

Here’s a look at the schedule for the Fall Classic:

Tuesday, Oct. 24

Game 1, New York/Houston at Los Angeles, Time TBD, Fox

Wednesday, Oct. 25

Game 2, New York/Houston at Los Angeles, Time TBD, Fox

Friday, Oct. 27

Game 3, Los Angeles at New York/Houston, Time TBD, Fox

Saturday, Oct. 28

Game 4, Los Angeles at New York/Houston, Time TBD, Fox

Sunday, Oct. 29

Game 5, Los Angeles at New York/Houston, Time TBD, Fox, if necessary

Tuesday, Oct. 31

Game 6, New York/Houston at Los Angeles, Time TBD, Fox, if necessary

Wednesday, Nov. 1

Game 7, New York/Houston at Los Angeles, Time TBD, Fox, if necessary

The Dodgers have had a memorable season, and they are surging at the most critical time of the year.

They were the best team in baseball by a wide margin for three-quarters of the season, and they were on track to win 110 games or more through the middle of August. However, they hit a terrible skid late in the month that carried into the middle of September.

The Dodgers lost 16 of 17 games with the playoffs around the corner, and they did not look like a team that was capable of winning a series against a mediocre opponent, let alone beating other championship contenders.

They came out of their slump in the final 10 games of the regular season, but they appeared to be on shaky ground as they prepared to play the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League Division Series. They had been swept in two three-game series by Arizona during their losing skid, and the power bats of Paul Goldschmidt and J.D. Martinez loomed large.

However, Roberts and his team had no concerns, and they eliminated the wild-card winners in three straight games. The 2016 World Series champion Cubs were unable to come up with any solutions, either.

The Dodgers rolled to an 11-1 triumph in the fifth game and celebrated the National League title at Wrigley Field. Enrique Hernandez, one of the Dodgers’ role players, shocked observers with a three-home run performance that included a grand slam in the clinching game.

World Series 2017 The Dodgers have been getting clutch hitting throughout the postseason from a number of key performers. Third baseman Justin Turner is hitting .387 with three home runs and 12 RBI, while right fielder Yasiel Puig is hitting .414 with a home run, six RBI and six runs scored.

World Series 2017 This is one of the most unbelievable teams I’ve ever been part of,” Turner said, per Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times. “Every night, it’s somebody different, something special. You never know what you’re going to see, maybe even somebody hit three home runs in a series-clinching game.”

Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor both have hit two home runs and driven in four runs, while Logan Forsythe is hitting .316 with six runs scored.

Starting pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Yu Darvish both have 2-0 records, as does reliever Kenta Maeda. Kershaw has had postseason struggles throughout his career, and while he hasn’t been lights-out in the postseason, he has a 3.63 ERA along with 16 strikeouts in 17.1 innings. Darvish has a 1.59 ERA and an impressive 14 strikeouts in 11.1 innings.

If the Yankees survive the seventh game, they will depend on their power bats against the Dodgers. Aaron Judge has hit four postseason home runs to lead the team after belting 52 during the regular season. Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius and Greg Bird have each hit three home runs in the playoffs.

World Series 2017 The Astros are led by American League MVP candidate Jose Altuve, who is hitting .405 in the postseason with four home runs and seven RBI. First baseman Yuli Gurriel is hitting .378 with 14 hits in the postseason, while Carlos Correa has three home runs and nine RBI.

While the winner of Saturday’s ALCS will have to leave everything on the field to earn the title, that team will be aided by two full days of rest prior to Game 1 of the World Series.