2. Both pitching staffs are stacked with stars
The Astros and Dodgers both have aces at the top of the rotation, but Los Angeles definitely has the advantage with depth. L.A. is four-deep in its rotation with all-world pitcher Clayton Kershaw, trade-deadline acquisition Yu Darvish, along with Alex Wood and Rich Hill. While Houston doesn’t have the depth of the Dodgers, it’s very top-heavy with aces in Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander. Keuchel won the Cy Young in 2015, and while Verlander is far removed from his 2011 dual MVP-Cy Young season, he looked rejuvenated down the stretch of the season for Houston after being traded by the Tigers, going 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA. Verlander kept it up against the Yankees in the ALCS, winning series MVP while going 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA, 21 strikeouts, and just two walks against the Bronx’s best. The series could be decided by which starting pitchers work the most innings.
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