How the Astros Went from the Lowliest Depths of Hell to World Series Glory

Published November 3, 2017

LOS ANGELES — The Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 of the World Series, winning their first championship in their 56-year franchise history. More than that, they accomplished something no other team has ever pulled off so convincingly, going from three consecutive seasons of total hell to the top of the baseball mountain in a span of just four years.

In a World Series of Big Moments, It Was the Little Things That Got Us to Game 7

Published November 2, 2017

LOS ANGELES — The second-highest-scoring World Series game ever. The most home runs in a World Series, ever. In a Fall Classic that’s given is so many hugescreaming highlights, the game that pushed us to a Game 7 had something else: a passel of tiny, little moments that reminded us of all the different ways that baseball can be great.

Astros-Dodgers World Series Game 5: The Moments That Made Us Lose Our Damn Mind

Published October 31, 2017

HOUSTON — Forty-three thousand, three hundred people attended Game 5 of the World Series at Minute Maid Park. Every man, woman and child in the building smoked a carton of cigarettes when it was over.

The Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 13-12 in 10 innings Sunday night (box score and things to know) to take a 3-2 lead in the World Series.

Fastball Fails Yu Darvish in Game 3, Putting Astros One Step Closer to World Series Title

Published October 28, 2017

HOUSTON — The first World Series victory in Astros history was complete madness, a thrill ride that broke multiple records, and sent Dodger Stadium into fits of ecstasy and agony, all within minutes of each other. The second World Series victory was over by the second inning, because one of the most dominant pitchers in the world suddenly threw a bunch of meatballs.

The Roller Coaster Ride That Was the Astros’ World Series Game 2 Win Over Dodgers

Published October 28, 2017

LOS ANGELES — In retrospect, we should have seen it coming. When the great Vin Scully walked onto the field at majestic Dodger Stadium to address the crowd, we should have known. When he made us laugh and tear up, reminiscing about Jackie and the Duke, we should have raised our expectations.

The Story of Clayton Kershaw’s Dominance Told Through His 11 World Series Strikeouts

Published October 26, 2017

LOS ANGELES — No matter how much we learn about statistical analysis, no matter how educated we get on sample sizes, no matter how much we try to embrace logic, sports will always be governed by one eight-letter word: ringzzzz.

That’s how we end up doing something as spectacularly stupid as doubting Clayton Kershaw.

Ranking the 10 Best World Series of All Time Before the Dodgers and Astros Face Off

Published October 24, 2017

LOS ANGELES — We’re gathered here for the 113th edition of the World Series, waiting for 101 degrees at first pitch. It’s going to be the hottest start ever to a Fall Classic.

The question then becomes: Will it also become one of the best? The Dodgers and Astros combined to win 205 games this season.

Chris Taylor Is Proof the Dodgers Have an Answer for Whatever Stands In Their Way

Published October 18, 2017

CHICAGO– Walking around Wrigley Field 90 minutes before the start of Game 3 of the NLCS, you’ll find lots of familiar faces. Dignitaries, shiny TV folks in immaculate suits and dresses, various superfans. But no one flashed a bigger grin than Dodgers General Manager Farhan Zaidi.

With good reason.