2017 World Series Simulation (Los Angeles (NL) vs. Houston)


We’re finally here! October baseball at its finest. Los Angeles cruised through the regular season, sometimes at historic pace, and handily beat Arizona and Chicago to make it back here for the first time since 1988. Houston becomes the first team to win the pennant in both the AL and NL this year but has never yet won it all.


How will this year’s World Series play out? Only time will tell but for those that can’t wait, we played it out using Strat-O-Matic Baseball Daily. We did the same for the 2015 and 2016 World Series with amazing accuracy. Baseball Daily uses actual stats, projections, and hot/cold streaks to accurately reflect where each player is performing today.

Here we go!


 Game 1
Houston         1  6  0
Los Angeles  2  9  0
This game was a pitcher’s duel the entire way. Dallas Keuchel and Clayton Kershaw blanked the opposing team for seven innings each. Brian McCann, Marwin Gonzalez, and Josh Reddick each reached base for Houston in the 8th, with Reddick driving in the go-ahead run. Keuchel is finished after throwing a season-high 120 pitches. In comes the Houston bullpen, out go the baseballs. Austin Barnes and Yasiel Puig go back-to-back with solo home runs. Kenley Jansen escaped 9th inning trouble and Los Angeles takes the 1-0 series lead.
Game 2
Houston     7  8  0
Los Angeles  0  4  0

Houston couldn’t wait to get their bats warmed up in this one. George Springer led the game off with a single and Alex Bregman followed with a 2-run home run. Justin Verlander wouldn’t need any more. He cruised through 7 innings, striking out 10 hitters, and earning the win in a 7-0 Houston victory.   
 Game 3
Los Angeles   0  4  0

Houston       2  9  0
Houston turned in a second consecutive shut-out of Los Angeles and take the series lead at 2-1. Josh Reddick scores both runs for Houston as Charlie Morton and the bullpen continue Houston’s excellent pitching this series, holding Los Angeles to a .183 batting average through the first three games of the series. 
 Game 4
Los Angeles   3  6  1

Houston     12 16 0
Houston continues their hot playing at home, blowing out Los Angeles and extending their home postseason record to 8-0. Alex Wood couldn’t get through the first inning as both George Springer and Marwin Gonzalez find the seats with home runs. Houston ended with 6-first inning runs and stayed in control throughout. They now have a commanding 3-1 series lead. 

Game 5
Los Angeles   6 10  1

Houston          5 10  0
It’s not over yet! Chris Taylor led the game off with a home run and later, LA plated single runs in the 3rd, 4th, and 6th innings to claim a 4-0 lead. Houston struck back, scoring 2 in the bottom of the 6th and 3 more in the 7th to take the lead. Los Angeles again scores against the Houston bullpen, this time scoring the winning run on a bases loaded walk to Yasiel Puig and Kenley Jansen shuts the door in the 8th and 9th innings. As the series shifts back to Hollywood, Houston still has a 3-2 series lead.

Game 6
Houston          4  8  0
Los Angeles  7 11 0

Los Angeles strikes first, scoring in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd innings against Houston’s Justin Verlander. Houston clawed back and brought it to a 5-4 game in the 7th but Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig each drove in a run to extend the lead and even up the series at 3 games apiece.

Game 7
Houston      7 12 0
Los Angeles  2  3  3

Houston wins their first ever World Series behind the Bumgarner-esque relief performance from Dallas Keuchel. Keuchel finished the game by tossing four perfect innings to secure the victory for Houston. Yuli Gurriel got the game started with a 2-run double in the first inning (after a Justin Turner error). Josh Reddick and Marwin Gonzalez each added 2 RBI of their own as Houston were just the better team in this Game 7.