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October 27, 2017

The start of the World Series this week means that it’s prediction time for who will claim the trophy of the Fall Classic. The Dodgers entered the series coming off dominant performances in both the divisional and league championship rounds, while the Astros managed to rally from a 3-2 deficit in the ALCS to qualify for the organization’s second World Series berth. The Dodgers have been one of the best teams all year, and I see no reason for that to change in the World Series. The Dodgers dominant starting pitching coupled with their bullpen depth gives them a superior advantage over the Astros. I predict that the Los Angeles Dodgers will win the World Series in a decisive 5-game series over the Astros to bring the World Series trophy back to Hollywood.

Tate Heiple
Contributing Writer

The Dodgers are my favorite to win the World Series. After the way that they handled the reigning World Series Champion, the Chicago Cubs, I think that no one else stands in their way. The pitching from the Los Angeles Dodgers has been outstanding, especially their relief pitching which hardly gave up a hit against the Cubs in the National League Division Series. Along with the pitching, the Dodgers also have the hottest hitter in the game right now: Justin Turner. Not only does his beard appear to be on fire but so is his bat, batting .371 with 13 hits in this postseason. If the Astros can get two starts out of Justin Verlander, they can extend the series to six games with the Dodgers coming out on top.

Luke Long
Contributing Writer

The Houston Astros will be the 2017 World Series Champions because of their two duos: pitchers Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel and infielders Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa. Verlander is 4-0 this postseason with a .92 ERA while only allowing four runs in the 24.2 innings that he has pitched. Houston’s number two pitcher, Dallas Keuchel, has been great as well this postseason. Keuchel has a 1.56 ERA during the playoffs along with 25 strikeouts compared to five walks. On offense you have sluggers Altuve and Correa getting hits non-stop. Altuve has a .425 batting average this postseason along with five home runs. Correa has nine RBI’s during ten playoff games while also adding three homers. When you take two pitchers like Verlander and Keuchel and match them with hitters like Altuve and Correa, you find a lot of success.

Cooper Pauley
Sports Editor

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