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One of the most anticipated series of the abbreviated 2020 season will begin Saturday night at Dodger Stadium. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros will play a quick two-game series that is, of course, a rematch of the 2017 World Series. The Astros beat the Dodgers in seven games to win the 2017 championship but were later caught cheating throughout the season.
Dodgers fans understandably remain upset and they let the Astros know about it Saturday. The team bus was met with hecklers and trash cans being banged when it arrived at Dodger Stadium.
Here are three things to know about this weekend’s two-game series. It is the first time these two clubs have played since Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly threw behind multiple Astros and taunted them as he walked off back in July. Kelly was suspended eight games — it was later reduced to five games on appeal — and is currently serving the suspension after spending time on the injured list.
The Dodgers swept the Astros in a two-game series at Minute Maid Park on July 28 (LAD 5, HOU 2) and July 29 (LAD 4, HOU 2 in 13 innings). Lefties Julio Urias (3-0, 3.86 ERA) and Framber Valdez (3-3, 3.61 ERA) will be on the mound in Saturday’s opener. Keep track of Saturday’s game with our live updates below.
Dodgers stretch their lead to 4-1 with a Corey Seager single and an A.J. Pollock sac fly. Pollock’s been really good this season after a rough 2019.
Chris Taylor goes oppo to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. Didn’t think that had a chance off the bat, but it just kept carrying and carrying.
Relevant to the Astros: Seattle is up 4-0 in the first inning over Zac Gallen and the D-Backs.
Mookie Betts struck out looking at three fastballs in the zone. Guessing that doesn’t happen often.
Astros turn the leadoff double into a run in the first. Framber Valdez, one of the most interesting pitchers in the sport, coming out to pitch. Mike Trout once said Framber has some of the best stuff he’s ever seen.
LA’s magic number to clinch a postseason spot is six. Could happen as soon as soon as Tuesday.
Great play by Hernandez to save a run. Even got the out at first to boot.
Urias has been really good this season and he might not even be in LA’s postseason rotation. They’re so good it’s obnoxious.
Hello baseball enthusiasts. Astros vs. Dodger on tap. Much, much, much more important game for the Astros, who are 1-8 in their last nine games and a game under .500 at 22-23. The Mariners are 2.5 back, which is a decent cushion, but you always want it to be bigger.
Dustin May and the Dodgers get good news about his foot, but recent injuries in the rotation set up an important start for Julio Urías against the Astros today.https://t.co/l6hSQN4VvG
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