It’s Game 7 of one of the most entertaining, back-and-forth World Series in recent memory. Stay here for live, inning-by-inning updates and analysis from the deciding game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros.
■ The Astros’ Lance McCullers Jr. and Dodgers’ Yu Darvish are expected to be the starting pitchers for Game 7, but in a World Series defined by home runs and quick hooks on pitchers, it would not be surprising for both teams to go to their bullpens early, with Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Dallas Keuchel of the Astros presumably available for at least a few innings.
■ Both teams are sticking with the same lineup as the previous game, with the exception of the starting pitchers, who are batting ninth. In Game 6, the Astros moved up hot-hitting Brian McCann from No. 8 into the No. 6 spot, and they’re sticking with him there. On the other side, the Dodgers are staying put with Cody Bellinger batting cleanup, even though he struck out four times in Game 6 and doesn’t have a hit at Dodger Stadium in this series.
■ The World Series has had 38 winner-take-all games — the 1912 World Series was decided in Game 8 rather than Game 7 because Game 2 ended in a tie — and home field advantage is not as important as you might think. The home team is just 19-19 and the visitors have won the last two, with Chicago winning in Cleveland last year and San Francisco winning in Kansas City in 2014.
■ With two more home runs in Game 6, there have now been 24 in the Series, which is three more than the previous record. It is a fitting statistic since during the regular season, a record-setting 6,105 home runs were hit, which broke the previous record by 412.