Dodgers, Astros Finally Meet with a Capacity Crowd

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Anytime the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros get together, one can’t help but think about the 2017 World Series and the Astros’ involvement in the infamous sign-stealing scandal.

The two sides got together last season after the scandal broke out, and the Dodgers took three out of four games. It was not short of drama, as a benches-clearing brawl was ignited after Joe Kelly almost hit Carlos Correa and a few choice words were said, not to mention the notorious facial gesture by Kelly.

As a fan, you obviously want your team to win every series, but there are certain series you are more amped up for and really want to win. For the Dodgers, that list might include clubs like the Padres, Giants, and Astros.

The Dodgers announced they will allow full capacity at Dodger Stadium starting on June 15. However, the Astros have already begun to allow full capacity for the remainder of the season, so it will be an extremely volatile atmosphere for these two games.

Kelly looks to be available to pitch in this series, and if he does, it will be quite the spectacle. When asked if he’s looking forward to having fans back in the stands in Houston, Kelly responded, “If a fan throws a beer at me I will throw it back.”

The Dodgers come into the series on a seven-game winning streak and are 11-1 in their last 12 games, with an overall record of 29-18. The Astros just got swept by the Texas Rangers. Houston has a record of 26-21, trailing Oakland by one full game in the AL West.

The two pitching matchups for this series are Clayton Kershaw against old Dodger friend Zack Greinke in the opener and Trevor Bauer against righty Luis Garcia in the second game.

Kershaw this season has posted a 6-3 record with a 3.18 ERA. In his last start against Arizona, he pitched six innings and allowed two runs. Greinke has posted a 4-1 record with a 3.77 ERA. He was great in his last start, allowing just one run over eight innings. However, his 6.74 ERA at home is much worse than his 1.64 road ERA.

Bauer has been quite vocal about his stance on the Astros cheating scandal. So far this season, Bauer has tallied a 5-2 record with a 1.98 ERA. He threw 126 pitches against the Giants in his last start while allowing one unearned run over 6 ⅓ innings. He also struck out 11 batters.

Garcia is 2-3 with a 3.38 ERA. In his last start, he went five-inning pitches allowing two runs against Oakland. In an average start, he will pitch around five innings.

After this series in Houston, the Dodgers will return home for a four-game set against the Giants. Manager Dave Roberts said there is a possibility that outfielder Cody Bellinger and utility man Zach McKinstry could rejoin the Dodgers for this weekend series.

The Dodgers will look to continue their winning streak as the bats have been hot. Max Muncy arguably has been one of the hottest hitters in the majors, ranking first in nearly every hitting category in the month of May.

Gavin Lux has also come alive as of late. Last week, he had two grand slams, and he currently has an OPS of 1.170 since filling in for Corey Seager at shortstop.

So this will be quite the series. There is plenty of star power and storylines, even though it’s just a brief two-game stint. The two sides will play another two-game series later in the season at Dodger Stadium in the early part of August.

The first pitch for Tuesday’s opener is 5:10 p.m. Pacific.

2 thoughts on “Dodgers, Astros Finally Meet with a Capacity Crowd

  1. Should be a very interesting series, tomorrow’s game in particular because not only does Bauer not like the Astros, he and Bregman have been going at it on social media for at least a couple of years and they really don’t like each other.

    Bauer’s supposed rivalry with Machado is really pretty friendly and based on mutual respect. Not so with Bregman.
    And then, as Jose pointed out, there is the Kelly-Correa love fest.

    Overs/unders on number of bench clearing brawls in the 2 games – 1.5

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