LOS ANGELES (AP) No matter which opponent emerged from the seven-game AL Championship Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers could watch from home knowing they’re sitting pretty.
On Saturday night, they found out who they’ll play in the World Series – the Houston Astros are heading out West to face them.
The Dodgers earned a four-day break through their quick resolution of the NLCS, which ended Thursday in Chicago with Los Angeles’ seventh win in eight playoff games. The extended breaks between their two brief playoff series have allowed the 104-win Dodgers to keep their starting rotation in order and on full rest, and to give plenty of recovery time to their dominant bullpen.
”It’s crucial, not only in setting the rotation,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Saturday before the Astros beat the New York Yankees 4-0 in Game 7. ”Knowing what goes into the (playoffs), to come back home and reset mentally and physically has been a huge benefit to us.”
It might even be enough time for All-Star shortstop Corey Seager to return from the back injury that kept him out of the NLCS. Roberts said he is ”very optimistic” Seager will be available for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night, but the Dodgers are unlikely to make their final decision for a few
Article source: http://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/dodgers-all-set-at-home-waiting-for-astros-in-world-series-102217
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