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World Series: Houston vs. Los Angeles!

It’s the Fall Classic with a rare match-up in the World Series. Houston vs. Los Angeles sound like two National League teams, but we are reminded that Major League Baseball (MLB) years ago moved the Astros to the American League to balance the Divisions.

As recently as 2005, the Astros were in the World Series as members of the National League. Chicago’s other team, the White Sox, swept Houston 4-0 to win the first World Series for the city of Chicago in 95 years.

We are all aware that last year the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in seven games over Cleveland, the Cubs’ first World Series win in 108 years. The run-away Los Angeles Dodgers eliminated the Cubs in five games in the National League Championship and have reached their first World Series since 1988.

The Dodgers were 104-58 in the regular season, the best record in MLB. The Astros were also outstanding, winning 101 games, the third-best record in baseball. Cleveland led the American League in wins with 102-60 record. This is the first time since 1970 the World Series has two 100-or-more-win teams in the World Series.

Both of these teams are loaded. The Dodgers are 7-1 in the playoffs. Houston just beat the New York Yankees in game seven of the American League Championship to reach the World Series. They scored 896 runs during the regular season and allowed 700; their plus/minus was +196.

The Dodgers shut you down with pitching. They allowed the fewest runs in MLB in 2017— just 580. The Dodgers are managed by Dave Roberts. He is really good.

I have always favored the American League game of baseball with the designated hitter. The Dodgers obviously play the National League game with the pitcher hitting. Los Angeles has the home-field advantage by virtue of winning more games.

Clayton Kershaw and Yu Darvish lead the Dodgers. Houston traded for pitcher Justin Verlander from Detroit, and since then he’s been dominating 9-0. Get ready for what should be a great World Series.

I saw the Astros and Dodgers both play the Twins. Houston, I believe, is just a little bit better.

Larry Fitzgerald can be heard weekday mornings on KMOJ Radio 89.9 FM at 8:25 am, on WDGY-AM 740 Monday-Friday at 12:17 pm and 4:17 pm, and at www.Gamedaygold.com. He also commentates on sports 7-8 pm on Almanac (TPT channel 2). Follow him on Twitter at FitzBeatSr. Larry welcomes reader responses to info@larry-fitzgerald.com, or visit www.Larry-Fitzgerald.com.

Vikings moving on up, Beat Packers 23-10

Photos By Steve Floyd

My oh my, can the Vikings play defense, as shown by victories over QBs Drew Brees, Jameis Winston, Mitchell Trubisky, Aaron Rodgers and Brett Hundley. Only one team has scored 20 or more points against them, and that’s Pittsburgh.

So far, injuries and protests have highlighted the 2017 NFL season, and we have a long way to go. It was cut bait time Sunday for the Vikings in an NFC North showdown against the Green Bay Packers.

Photos By Steve Floyd

After their first round of Division tussles head to head with Detroit, Chicago and Green Bay, the Vikings have climbed into a first-place tie. Sunday’s important 23-10 win draws them even with Green Bay, the team to beat. Ten games remain with more questions than answers about starting quarterback Sam Bradford’s left knee and the possible return of Teddy Bridgewater to practice this week and to the active roster.

Backup QB Case Keenum has played well and led the Vikings to three wins in four games. Jerick McKinnon has replaced injured Dalvin Cook while Latavius Cook struggles. The Packers’ loss of star quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a shoulder injury Sunday after being hit by Anthony Barr could change the Division order. Injuries, unfortunately, are part of football this season; the NFL has lost several big stars.

Photos By Steve Floyd

Aaron Rodgers heads the list with J.J. Watt, Andrew Luck, Odell Beckum, Jr., Ryan Tannehill, Julian Edelman, Markus Golden, Sam Bradford and Dalvin Cook. These are just a few of many marquee stars who are out because of injuries.
Sunday the 3-3 Baltimore Ravens are here to play the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh has won a Super Bowl and needs two wins to reach 100 in his career. If the Vikings win Sunday it would be three wins in a row, and the following week they travel to London to play winless 0-6 Cleveland.

Larry Fitzgerald can be heard weekday mornings on KMOJ Radio 89.9 FM at 8:25 am, on WDGY-AM 740 Monday-Friday at 12:17 pm and 4:17 pm, and at www.Gamedaygold.com. He also commentates on sports 7-8 pm on Almanac (TPT channel 2). Follow him on Twitter at FitzBeatSr. Larry welcomes reader responses to info@larry-fitzgerald.com, or visit www.Larry-Fitzgerald.com.

Vikings back in the mix?

Photos By Steve Floyd

CHICAGO — The first half of Monday Night Football’s (MNF) Vikings vs Bears game was football to snooze by. It was the debut of Chicago rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky, the Bears No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 Draft.

The Vikings have their own issues with QB starter Sam Bradford, who played for the first time in almost a month — apparently, he has a clause in his contract that he only starts on Monday nights.

Bradford was brilliant in the Vikings MNF opener vs New Orleans. He got injured in that game three weeks ago and Monday night he returned and started. He was awful: 5-11 for 36 yards and sacked four times.

He led the Vikings to a 3-2 lead at half. But he may have also re-injured his left knee. Back up QB Case Keenum gave the Vikings a much needed spark in the second half and helped steer the team to victory. With the 20-17 win over the Bears, the Vikings are now 3-2. They take on a 4-1 Green Bay on Sunday.

Visit MSRNewsOnline.com to hear an interview with Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon, whose 58-yard touchdown run was key to victory over Bears.

Larry Fitzgerald can be heard weekday mornings on KMOJ Radio 89.9 FM at 8:25 am, on WDGY-AM 740 Monday-Friday at 12:17 pm and 4:17 pm, and at www.Gamedaygold.com. He also commentates on sports 7-8 pm on Almanac (TPT channel 2). Follow him on Twitter at FitzBeatSr. Larry welcomes reader responses to info@larry-fitzgerald.com, or visit www.Larry-Fitzgerald.com.

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