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2017 World Series Game 5 Preview: Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

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The Astros and Dodgers are now down to a three-game series.

World Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v Houston Astros - Game Four Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

2017 World Series, Game 5

Houston Astros (2-2) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (2-2), Oct. 29, 2017, 7:20 p.m. CDT

Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
TV: FOX
Radio: Streaming on MLB At Bat app, 790 KBME AM, ESPN Deportes 1230, ESPN Radio
Online: MLB.TV, Fox Sports Go
Dodgers SBNation Blog: True Blue LA


Pitching Matchup

LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-2, 3.00 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, .305 BABIP, 2.46 xFIP) vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw (3-0, 2.96 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, .151 BABIP, 2.94 xFIP)


Preview

After four games, the series is tied. The Astros wasted a stellar outing by Charlie Morton in Game 4 and now have to turn to Dallas Keuchel to continue his success at home. The Dodgers will of course have the juggernaut that Clayton Kershaw on the mound on Sunday.

Pitching trends

Dallas Keuchel is something special at home in Minute Maid Park. In his career he is 36-21 with a 2.94 ERA in 81 games (75 starts). In three of the least four season ('14, '15, '17) he has an ERA right around 2.50 over each season. In 2017, he was 6-3 with a 2.26 ERA in 11 home starts.

Dallas native Clayton Kershaw already has one strong outing under his belt against the Astros, allowing 1 run over seven innings. Kershaw is 1-1 with a 3.91 ERA in five career starts at Minute Maid Park. His last start in Houston was 2015.

3 Keys to Game 5

Early support

Dallas Keuchel needs the Astros offense to score some early to boot the lefty’s confidence attacking the zone and go as long as he can. With the bullpen the way it is, Keuchel will need to go seven if not more.

George Springer

George Springer has found it swing again. He struggled with three strikeouts against Kershaw in game one, he needed to turn it around again.

Brad Peacock

Brad Peacock maybe the Astros best option coming out of the bullpen. He has to be ready when called upon.