2017 World Series
If you’re an Astros fan, you probably don’t need to be reminded, but with the home field advantage belonging to the Dodgers, Games 1 and 2 were played in LA; Games 3, 4, and 5 were at MMP; and Games 6 and 7 were back to LA.
The Dodgers took Game 1 (1-3), while the Astros took Game 2 (7-6). In these two games, LA actually outscored Houston by one (8-9).
Back in Houston, the Astros took Game 3 (3-5), while the Dodgers were dominant in Game 4 (6-2). Again, LA actually outscored Houston by two runs in these two matches (9-7).
Game 5 of the series will never be forgotten, at least not by most Houston fans. The 10-inning walk-off win went back and forth in a match that was altogether emotional and exciting, leaving Houston on top by one (12-13). Even after this epic match, the Dodgers were still on top in scoring in this series while it was in HTown (21-20).
As a testament to how crazy baseball truly is, Houston was on top by one game in the series as it headed back to LA for the final showdowns. In Game 6 (1-3), the Dodgers hit back and tied up the series forcing Game 7 (1-5) that saw the Astros on top, resulting in a first-ever franchise World Series title.
Overall, the runs in the 2017 World Series were evenly dispersed (34-34). Putting it all into perspective, at home, the Astros were actually outscored by one (21-20), and away, the Astros outscored the Dodgers by one (14-13), making this series evenly matched for both teams. It’s not like the banging on trash cans gave the Astros an advantage, even at home.
Many people want to say the 2017 title is tainted. To my way of thinking, especially after analyzing the numbers, no matter how you slice it, the World Series of 2017 will go down in history as one of the most epic summer classics ever played!
Through all of the complaints about the scandal involving our offense, and after doing this analysis, it simply amazes me how little credit is being given to the 2017 Astros defense.