One half of this year’s World Series matchup is set while the other half has one game left to be decided.

 

Starting on the National League side of things, the Dodgers, who boasted the best regular season record, goes into the Series with the current best postseason record at 7-1.

 

They got to this point by sweeping the Arizona Diamondbacks in three games in the NLDS and made quick work of the reigning champs Chicago Cubs in five games of the NLCS.

 

For the Dodgers, this is a long time coming.

 

(NY Daily News)

After recent years of having great, talented teams who failed to get over the NLCS hump, this year’s version became the first to do it since the 1988 team, 29 years ago.

 

After struggling down the stretch if the regular season, LA has put it all together during this playoff run as everyone is hitting on all cylinders. Pitching, hitting, fielding… you name it, the Dodgers have done it well.

 

Players like Justin Turner, Yasiel Puig and Kike Hernandez have shouldered the load offensively with the breakout game coming from Hernandez in game five as he hit three home runs in the NLCS clincher.

 

Turner has had the best postseason overall, as he has been on a furious ever since his first at bat this postseason when he hit a three run shot in the first inning of Game One of the NLDS.

 

On the pitching side, Kershaw has finally figured out his postseason woes while the bullpen has been on a historic pace, led by shutdown closer Kenley Jansen.

 

It seems to finally be the Dodgers time to shine after many years and a lot of money spent I order to develop a team that would get them back to the glorious stage of the Word Series being able to be hosted in LA once more.

 

With star shortstop Corey Seager likely to come back for the World Series after missing the NLCS, they will be even more dangerous for the Yankees or Astros to pitch against.

 

Speaking of those two teams, their ALCS series has been one for the ages.

 

After dominating the first two games, the Astros had dropped three straight games in Yankee stadium before winning Game 6 at home to force a Game 7.

 

It’s been a series of twists and turns that have been in heavy favor of the home team. The home team hits everything while the other can’t hit the broad side of the barn.

 

With this 2-3-2 format, it looks like the Astros will be able to take advantage of the extreme benefit of having home field advantage with Game 7 being back in Houston.

 

The Yankees, and their mix of young and old, have come to play this playoffs with C.C. Sabbath is leading the way for the old guys with his stellar pitching this postseason and Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius leading the offensive attacking in honor of the young studs.

 

C.C. will look to continue his magic for the most important game of the year as the Yanks look to return to familiar territory for their first World Series appearance since 2009.

 

In any Game 7, it usually comes down to a couple plays that end up deciding the game. For the young Yankee hitters, this will be the biggest test of their careers. With the way that these two teams swing it at the plate, the long ball will be crucial, but I believe that it will be one or two small ball plays that will decide who will move on to face the Dodgers.

 

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