- Will Verlander’s dominance against righties continue?
Right-handed batters hit .092 against Justin Verlander (6-for-65) over the last 30 days of the regular season, third best among starting pitchers (League Avg: .258). In the postseason, right-handed batters are hitting .146 (6-for-41) against the Astros Ace.
- Right-handed batters struggled to walk against Hill, but something has changed in the postseason.
Rich Hill walked 8 of 224 right-handed batters (3.6 percent) in the second half of the season, tied for 17th best among starters (League Avg: 7.4 percent). Hill has already walked 3 of 20 right-handed batters (15 percent) in the playoffs.
- Turner is one of the best in the game.
Justin Turner is batting .300 (210-for-699) versus RHP since the start of 2016, 15th best among full-time hitters (League Avg: .255). Turner is batting .429 (9-for-21) against RHP in the 2017 postseason.
- Bregman likes it low.
Alex Bregman hit .371 (26-for-70) on low non-fastballs in the second half of the season, second best among full-time hitters (League Avg: .186).
- Knocking in runners will be tough for both teams.
Opponents hit just .215 against Dodgers pitchers (243-for-1,131) with RISP this season, lowest in MLB (League Avg: .260). Astros pitchers allowed a .242 average against (321-for-1,326) with RISP this season, T-fourth lowest among MLB teams.
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