5 Interesting Facts About Astros/Dodgers Meeting In World Series
Below are 5 overlooked tidbits about the 2017 Major League Baseball World Series, featuring the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers:
1)---This is not the first time the two franchises will have met in postseason play: In 1981, a players' strike wiped out about 50 games for each team, so Major League Baseball did something drastic; they crowned split-season champions.
The champions of the first half, would meet the champions of the second half in each division.
This plan worked out for the Dodgers, who won the first half crown in the National League West, and the Astros, who won the second half, but left a bad taste in the mouths of the Cincinnati Reds, who finished with best record in the division, yet failed to make the playoffs.
The Astros won the first two games of the best-of-5 Divisional Series, before the Dodgers came back to win the last three, and advance to the NLCS, eventually winning the World Series.
2)---Astros Will Make History: The Astros will become the first team to appear in the World Series as members of both the National League and the American League. Houston, members of the NL from 1962-2012, appeared in their first World Series in 2005, as members of the senior circuit.
3)---Astros Still Haven't Won A World Series Game: In that 2005 World Series, the Astros were swept in four game by the Chicago White Sox, meaning that the organization has still never won a World Series game. The Astros, Washington Nationals (formerly the Montreal Expos), and Seattle Mariners are the only organizations in MLB that have yet to win a single World Series game.
4)---Both Teams Won 100 Games: The Dodgers won 104 games during the regular season, while the Astros compiled 101 victories, making this the first World Series since 1970, which featured the Cincinnati Reds and the Baltimore Orioles, with both teams having 100 wins during the regular season.
5)---First Meetings Since 2015: The Astros and Dodgers were was both member of the NL West, so they have a long history. The Astros defeated the Dodgers in the last regular season game at the Astrodome to clinch the NL Central title. However, the two teams haven't met since 2015, when the Astros swept a three-game set in Houston. Included in that series sweep was a no-hitter by Mike Fiers. The last time they met in Los Angeles was 2012, the last year the Astros were members of the National League. The Dodgers hold a 388-323 all-time advantage.