The Dodgers are sticking with the same starting rotation order against the Astros in the World Series that they used in the first two round of the playoffs, with Rich Hill starting Game 2 at Dodger Stadium and Yu Darvish in Game 3 on the road, manager Dave Roberts told reporters before Sunday’s workout at Dodger Stadium.
Both pitchers were acquired from American League West teams in deadline deals the last two seasons, and have a recent history against the Astros, Darvish more so than Hill.
Since the start of 2016, Darvish has five starts against the Astros, posting a 3.21 ERA with 31 strikeouts and 11 walks in 28 innings. Two of those starts came at Minute Maid Park, with seven shutout innings and eight strikeouts in 2016, then one run allowed on just one hit in seven innings this season, on June 12.
Hill with the A’s started twice against the Astros in the last two seasons, both in 2016. He allowed two runs in six innings last May 1 in Oakland, then struck out 10 in six innings, allowing one run in a win in Houston on July 7.
Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 for the Dodgers, with Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander starting Games 1 and 2, respectively for the Astros.
Alex Wood starts Game 4 for the Dodgers.
In 16 starts at Dodger Stadium this season Hill has a 2.79 ERA, with 105 strikeouts and 37 walks in 87 innings. He has allowed three runs in nine innings in his two postseason starts, with 12 strikeouts.
Darvish this postseason has allowed one run and struck out seven in both of his starts, both on the road in Games 3, totaling 11⅓ innings. In his last five starts, including the regular season, Darvish has a 0.88 ERA with 35 strikeouts and two walks.