The Los Angeles Dodgers will be taking on the New York Yankees in the 2017 World Series. Both teams are highly favored to win the series, with the Yankees currently being 5.5 point favorites according to sportsbooks. In the past 10 years, the Yankees are 35-28 in the World Series and the Dodgers are 35-29. The 2017 World Series should be a good one.
One interesting fact about this year’s World Series is the vast difference in the number of home runs hit by each team. The Yankees lead the Majors with 244 home runs while the Dodgers are second with 213 home runs. This is mainly thanks to the fact that the baseball season was extended due to coronavirus fears. The World Series moved from a traditional post-season to a best-of-seven format with the winning team being decided by games won rather than by traditional playoff games.
Record-Breaking Home Runs
In the five games of the 2017 World Series so far, the Yankees and Dodgers have both exceeded expectations. The Yankees entered the series with the league’s best regular season record of 129-53 and they looked to be in great shape, winning the first two games at home. The Dodgers also started well with two wins in New York. However, after suffering a 3-1 loss in game three, the Brooklyn squad went on a five-game losing streak that cost them the series.
A Fun Fact
The 2017 World Series is the first time that the Yankees and Dodgers have met in the postseason. The Dodgers are currently 5.5 point favorites, according to sportsbooks, with the over/under on the World Series being set at 7.5. The last time that these two teams met in the postseason was in the 2015 National League Championship Series. That year, the Dodgers came out on top in four games and the line opened with the underdogs winning the series 3.25-2.5.
The 2017 World Series should be an exciting one. Both the Yankees and the Dodgers are great teams and this year’s matchup should be competitive. The deciding factor might come down to how well each team can pitch. Look for the pitching to be the differentiating factor, but the offense will also play a big part in how this series turns out.