- Tough to go for extra bases on the McCullers curve.
Lance McCullers has allowed a slugging percentage of .258 (118 Total Bases/458 ABs) on curves since the start of 2016, seventh out of 99 qualified starters (League Avg: .368). In the postseason, McCullers is close to his average — allowing a slugging percentage of .255 (12 Total Bases/47 ABs) on curves.
- Can Darvish reclaim the inner third?
Opponents had a miss rate of 29.2 percent (45/154) against Yu Darvish on inside fastballs in the second half, highest of 171 qualified starters (League Avg: 14.0 percent). Darvish has a miss rate of just 12.5 percent (3/24) on inside fastballs in the 2017 playoffs.
- Dodgers crush breaking pitches.
As seen in #1 above, it will be tough to touch McCullers up on the curveball, but if any team can it might be the Dodgers. Dodgers hitters have 146 Extra-Base hits out of 352 total hits (41.5 percent) on curves and sliders this season, second best of 30 MLB teams (League Avg: 36.1 percent).
- The Astros were the best team against the fastball in the regular season.
The Astros batted .304 (1,004-for-3,307) on fastballs this season, first of 30 MLB Teams (League Avg: .278). The Astros batting average on fastballs has dropped to .252 (81-for-322) in the playoffs. Darvish had a tough time with the slider in Game 3…will he rely on the fastball more today?
- The Dodgers and Astros pitching staffs were two of the best at striking batters out in the regular season. How are they doing in the World Series?
Dodgers pitchers had a strikeout rate of 26.2 percent (1,550/5,926) this season, second among 30 MLB teams (League Avg: 21.7 percent). The Astros pitchers were right behind with a 26.1 percent (1,590/6,093) strikeout rate in the regular season, third among MLB teams. So far in the World Series, the Astros are near pace with a 25.2 percent strikeout rate, but the Dodgers are only striking out batters at a rate of 19.5 percent.
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