1. Can Kershaw handle the right-handed heavy lineup? History says he can.

Clayton Kershaw has allowed an OBP of .232 (217/936) vs right-handed batters since the start of 2016, second among qualified starters (League Avg: 320). The Astros have a .343 OBP against left-handed pitching in the playoffs.


  1. Keuchel nibbles at the corners causing hitters to chase.

Hitters chased 240 of Dallas Keuchel’s 844 fastballs out of the zone (chase rate of 28.4 percent) this season, 17th best among 159 qualified starters (League Avg: 23.7 percent).

  1. Patient Puig.

Yasiel Puig drew 24 walks in 145 PAs (16.6 percent) versus LHP this season, 10th among full-time hitters (League Avg: 8.8 percent). Puig has drawn three walks in 16 PAs (23.1 percent) against left-handed pitching in the postseason.

  1. Altuve doesn’t take long to find his pitch.

Jose Altuve is batting .414 (110-for-266) on the first pitch of at-bats since the start of 2016, 14th best among full-time hitters (League Avg: .347). The MVP hopeful is currently 3-for-4 on the first pitch of at-bats against LHP in the postseason.

  1. Creating their own runs.

Astros hitters slugged .481 (1,523 total bases in 3,166 ABs) with the bases empty this season, best in the majors (League Avg: .422). The Dodgers are not too far behind with a .446 slugging percentage with the bases empty this season, third best.




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