The MLB season is guaranteed to end Wednesday night when the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series. L.A. forced the deciding game with a victory in Game 6 Tuesday night, and the Game 7 winner will deliver a championship to a franchise that has been desperately seeking one.
Los Angeles is one of the most-storied organizations in all of baseball, but it’s been a long time since the Dodgers had any real playoff success. Houston has only won a handful of postseason series since they came into the league, making just one other appearance in the Fall Classic.
Game 7 promises to be the most-watched baseball game this year. Forty million viewers tuned in last year to see the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 6 of the 2016 World Series. That game was decided in extra innings, breaking Chicago’s 108-year championship drought.
With games going to extra innings and a couple of historic comebacks, this year’s World Series has been one of the most entertaining of all time. Will Game 7 live up to the rest of the series?
Here are 10 quick facts to know about Game 7 between the Dodgers and Astros:
- Yu Darvish will start for the Dodgers and Lance McCullers Jr. will start for the Astros in a rematch of Game 3.
- Los Angeles is favored after Houston was favored to win Game 6.
- L.A. is 6-1 at home this postseason and Houston is 2-6 on the road.
- George Springer is the betting favorite to win the World Series MVP award.
- Jose Altuve is one home run away from tying the record of eight homers in one postseason.
- The Dodgers haven’t won a World Series since 1988. The Astros have never won the World Series since the franchise was established in 1962.
- This is the first time since 2001 and 2002 that back-to-back World Series have gone to a deciding seventh game.
- This is the first time that Game 7 of a World Series will be played at Dodger Stadium.
- Home teams are 18-19 in the 37 Game 7s that have been played in World Series history.
- Since 1985, teams that go home down 3-2 are 8-1 after forcing a Game 7 in the World Series.
Posted with permission from International Business Times