November 10, 2017

A World Series for the Ages

Noah Kamens ‘20

The first of November brought along just a few of the ten different World Series records from the most recent thriller between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The 2017 World Series was the first time two teams winning at least one hundred games faced off since 1970. Coming into the Series, the Astros were undefeated at home through the entire postseason, had lost just 4 games, and were looking to bring happiness to the city of Houston after the tragedy that was Hurricane Harvey. Their opponents, the Dodgers, were the best team in all of baseball over the course of any season, winning the most games over one season in 13 years with 104, and were looking to continue their greatness with a World Series title.
Neither team had ever won the Fall Classic, until the Astros won in 7 games, with the final victory in Los Angeles on a Corey Seager ground ball which Jose Altuve fielded and threw to Yuli Gurriel.
The World Series MVP, Astros CF George Springer, was single-handedly responsible for three of the records throughout the World Series. He had a hit in every game but game 1, set the record for most consecutive World series games with a home run (4), tied the record held by Chase Utley (Philadelphia, 2009) and Reggie Jackson (Yankees, 1977) for most home runs over the entire Series (5), and set the record for most total bases with 29 (including 8 extra base hits).
“It’s always exciting when a World Series goes to 7 games,” sophomore Ben Gutstein said, “especially in a series with so much action.”
The World Series was filled with power. There were 14 players, 8 on the Astros and 6 on the Dodgers, who each had at least one home run. Together, they set the record for most home runs in a single World Series with 25. Among those were Springer with 5, and Dodgers rookie sensation Cody Bellinger with 1.
There were also records set by the pitchers in Game 7. The starting pitcher for the Astros, Lance McCullers Jr, set a record by hitting 4 Dodgers in just 2 1/3 innings before being relieved in favor of Brad Peacock. McCullers also started the first Game 7 where neither starting pitcher pitched 3 complete innings, as Dodgers starter Yu Darvish was relieved by star Clayton Kershaw in the 3rd.
After the excitement of the World Series, Astros SS Carlos Correa had one more trick up his sleeve. During an interview after their victory, Correa called his girlfriend Daniella Rodriguez over and proposed, capping off an amazing night and an eventful World Series.

There was a lot of anticipation for this world series, with both teams having never won a title. The Series lived up to the hype and was incredibly eventful, which made it one of the most exciting in recent memory.

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