- Hitters expand the zone against Darvish with RISP.
Opponents had a chase percentage of 41.9 percent (57/136) against Yu Darvish with RISP in the second half, eighth among qualified starters (League Avg: 31.9 percent). Darvish has only faced two batters with RISP in the playoffs and struck out each on three pitches.
- Did you just strikeout against McCullers? There’s a good chance it was on a curveball.
Lance McCullers has recorded 198 of his 238 strikeouts (83.2 percent) with his curveball since the start of 2016, best among starting pitchers (League Avg: 16.9 percent). In the playoffs, McCullers has struck out 12 of 13 (92.3 percent) batters with his curveball.
- Astros send balls into orbit against righties.
Astros hitters slugged .482 (2,016 total bases in 4,185 ABs) versus RHP this season, best among MLB teams (League Avg: .428). The Astros hit four home runs against the Dodgers in Game 2 of the World Series, all versus right-handed pitchers.
- The Dodgers were one of the worst at answering back in the regular season.
The Dodgers answered-back in just 24.3 percent (78/321) of innings after an opposing score this season, third worst in MLB (League Avg: 27.9 percent).
- Gonzalez struggles with breaking pitches.
Marwin Gonzalez is batting just .161 (35-for-217) on curves and sliders since the start of 2016, last among full-time hitters (League Avg: .217).
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