1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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).


  1. 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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