2017 World Series, Game 5
Houston Astros (2-2) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (2-2), Oct. 29, 2017, 7:20 p.m. CDT
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)
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.
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
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 has found it swing again. He struggled with three strikeouts against Kershaw in game one, he needed to turn it around again.
Brad Peacock maybe the Astros best option coming out of the bullpen. He has to be ready when called upon.