4 Advantages Dodgers Should Have Over Astros in 2017 World Series

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When I initially sat down to take a few notes for the statistical end of today’s column, my intention was to create a theme centered on the advantages the Astros have over the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series—at least on paper, anyway. The problem I had, however, was no matter how far I would stretch certain theories and statistics, I simply could not come up with more than just a few factors which favored the Astros, all bias aside. Even the Houston offense, as prolific as it was this year, doesn’t have a significant edge over the Los Angeles crew.

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There’s More Behind the Dodgers’ World Series Run than Just a Hefty Payroll

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So much is made of the Dodgers‘ payroll, and how they should be the best team in baseball, because they paid for it. This is a fair assessment, but it’s also so much more than that.

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Dodgers Kill Narratives, Proceed to 2017 World Series 

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The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after game 3 of baseball’s National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Phoenix. The Dodgers won 3-1 to advance to the National League Championship Series. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

We’ve all heard the narratives. The Chicago Cubs are 5-0 in elimination games. Clayton Kershaw can’t deliver in the crucial postseason game. But finally, this year is different. The Los Angeles Dodgers, after a 29 year drought, are returning to the World Series, defeating the Chicago Cubs by a score of 11-1.

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Dodgers Bring Back Righty Bats Behind Kershaw in NLCS Game 5

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Just one day after the Dodgers failed to clinch a World Series berth by sweeping the Cubs in the 2017 NLCS, skipper Dave Roberts and his coaching crew have decided to revert to a similar right-handed based lineup which secured victories in the first two games of the series.

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Cubs Sneak Past Dodgers in NLCS Game 4

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The Cubs defeated the Dodgers 3-2 in the fourth game of the League Championship Series on Wednesday night, preventing Los Angeles from sweeping its way to the club’s first World Series appearance since 1988.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers Have Finally Evolved into Legitimate Contenders

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With the 2017 NLCS well underway, all of our postseason questions are finally being answered. Yes, the Dodgers and the Cubs are playing a rematch of last year’s Championship series, but this postseason is different, and we’re starting to see why. This Los Angeles team is almost unrecognizable from who we saw last year, as they lost a decisive Game 6 of the NLCS to the Chicago Cubs.

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Dodgers Handle Cubs in NLCS Game 3 at Wrigley

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Different city, same story. As the NLCS shifted from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles to Wrigley Field in Chicago, the postseason gained a new level of intensity. This isn’t L.A., this is Chicago. This is a city that is still reeling from a World Series Championship. Chicago is a baseball town in every meaning of the word.

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Dodgers Roll Out Lefty Bats for NLCS Game 3 in Chicago

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As the 2017 NLCS shifts to Wrigley Field for Game 3 on Tuesday evening, many fans of the Dodgers knew the Los Angeles lineup would take a different look to face righty Kyle Hendricks and the Cubs, however, there were still a few surprises when skipper Dave Roberts finished writing out the card several hours before the onset.

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So Far in the 2017 Postseason, Everything’s Falling in Place for Dodgers

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It’s a happy Monday morning for Dodger fans—so many of us still on a high from the epic Justin Turner walk off home run to put the Dodgers up 2-0 on the Cubs in the NLCS.

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Turner, Dodgers Walk Off in Game 2 to Take Commanding NLCS Lead

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It’s been awhile since there was a dramatic walkoff win at Dodger Stadium, but tonight’s was historic, and well worth the wait. Justin Turner hit the first walkoff home run in Dodgers‘ postseason history since Kirk Gibson‘s in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, 29 years to the day.

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