The Fall Classic gets underway on Tuesday night in Los Angeles between the L.A. Dodgers and the Houston Astros. But when Game 1 begins shortly after 5:00 p.m. local time, it won’t feel very much like fall.
First pitch temperature, according to Weather.com, will be 97 degrees when Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw takes the hill. Summer heat aside, these two terrific teams should give this seven game series an October feel. The Dodgers come in with a terrific 7-1 mark so far in the postseason. They dominated the Cubs over five games in the NLCS after sweeping the Diamondbacks in the NLDS. A superb pitching staff, a terrific lineup, and a top-flight bullpen make the Dodgers a formidable favorite in the series.
But the Astros are no pushover. They bring two great starters and an MVP-caliber player in Jose Altuve to the table. Houston comes in after beating the Yankees in a dramatic seven game ALCS — overcoming a 3-2 series deficit. They are the underdogs this week, but certainly cannot be counted out.
The all-world Kershaw gets the ball for the Dodgers, while Dallas Keuchel is on the mound for Houston.
First pitch is at 8:09 p.m. ET. The game will air on Fox. Joe Buck and John Smoltz have the call. The action can be streamed free with a cable subscription on pc, cell phone, or tablet via Fox Sports Go — which can be downloaded via the iTunes store, and the Google Play store.
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