Astros-Dodgers World Series Game 1: How Keuchel vs. Kershaw match up

Pitching in his first career World Series game, Clayton Kershaw will get the nod for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the AstrosDallas Keuchel. These two pitchers have performed well in the postseason. Kershaw is currently 3-0 with a 3.63 ERA and Keuchel is 2-1 with an ERA of 2.60. In their three starts, both pitchers have gone 17 1/3 innings. Keuchel holds a significant strikeout edge of 25-16, but Kershaw holds a slight edge in WHIP at 0.98 to Keuchel’s 1.12.

All of this to say: Outside of names, this match-up plays out really well on paper. Both pitchers are having good-not-great postseasons and they’re doing it in a way that doesn’t deviate from their normal pitching styles (minus some odds and ends) — so it’s obviously sustainable. Kershaw is still using his fastball to set up other pitches deeper in counts, whereas Keuchel is still reliant upon his hard breaking piches (specifically his sinker) to a big degree. The only difference between regular season Keuchel and postseason Keuchel has been a near abandonment of his changeup.

These two teams have an incredibly short history against each other, so both are mostly going in blind in terms of batter vs. pitcher match-ups. Only five batters (or potential batters) in this series have seen more than 10 at-bats

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