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DYK: Kershaw, LA set home postseason record

Dodgers' ace joins Gibson, Koufax in exclusive company
October 24, 2017

This postseason, home is where the wins are.That trend continued on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the World Series presented by YouTube TV, as the Dodgers rode a dominant start from Clayton Kershaw and home runs by Chris Taylor and Justin Turner to a 3-1 victory over the Astros

This postseason, home is where the wins are.
That trend continued on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the World Series presented by YouTube TV, as the Dodgers rode a dominant start from Clayton Kershaw and home runs by Chris Taylor and Justin Turner to a 3-1 victory over the Astros at Dodger Stadium to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Home teams are now 24-8 (.750) in the 2017 postseason, with those 24 victories a new single-postseason record, passing '11 and '13. Meanwhile, no postseason in the Wild Card era (since 1995) has featured a higher home winning percentage, with 1987 the last to exceed that mark, at .789 (15-4).
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The Dodgers certainly have enjoyed playing at home, where they are now a perfect 5-0 this postseason and 62-24 overall in 2017. That's an MLB-best .721 winning percentage.
The Astros, meanwhile, fell to 1-5 on the road this postseason, compared to their 6-0 mark at Minute Maid Park. Their latest road defeat also dropped the franchise to 0-5 all-time in World Series games.
Both clubs are are trying to join the 2008 Phillies (7-0) and 1999 Yankees (6-0) as the only World Series champs of the Wild Card era to go undefeated at home for an entire postseason.
Here are all of the facts and figures to know from the 2017 World Series opener:
First things first
• The 2017 World Series between the Dodgers (104 wins) and Astros (101) marked only the eighth time in history that both teams won at least 100 games during the regular season. The most recent occurrence came 47 years ago, when the Orioles (108) defeated the Reds (102) in 1970.
• The temperature for the first pitch at Dodger Stadium was measured at 103 degrees, marking the hottest first-pitch temperature for any World Series game on record since at least 1975. The previous record was 94 degrees, set in Game 1 of the 2001 World Series at what is now Chase Field in Arizona. The roof was open for that night's game.

• Tuesday's Game 1 was completed in a crisp two hours and 28 minutes, making it the quickest World Series contest since Game 4 of the 1992 Fall Classic when Toronto's Jimmy Key (and a pair of relievers) outdueled Atlanta's Tom Glavine in two hours and 21 minutes for a 2-1 win.
• The team that has won Game 1 of the World Series has gone on to claim the championship 70 of 112 times (62.5 percent), including 17 of the past 20 since 1997. The only teams during that span to come back from a 1-0 deficit were the 2002 Angels, '09 Phillies and last year's Cubs.
Kershaw racks up the K's
• With the exception of an Alex Bregman solo homer in the fourth inning, Kershaw kept the Astros' offense bottled up. Houston managed just three hits over seven innings against the left-hander, who struck out 11 without allowing a walk. While Kershaw has endured some tough moments in his postseason career, he now has a 1.60 ERA in six playoff starts with the benefit of a normal four days' rest.
• Kershaw's seventh postseason victory pushed him past Burt Hooton and into sole possession of first on the Dodgers' all-time list. He also holds team records for postseason starts (18), innings (113 1/3) and strikeouts (133). Kershaw's 11 K's on Tuesday pushed him past Jonathan Lester, Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson and into seventh place in MLB history, right behind Houston's Game 2 starter, Justin Verlander (136).

• Kershaw joined Dodgers great Don Newcombe as the only pitchers to strike out at least 11 without a walk in a World Series start. Newcombe did it against the Yankees in Game 1 of the 1949 Fall Classic, although New York won that game, 1-0.
• Kershaw is the first Dodgers pitcher to record a double-digit strikeout game in the World Series since the great Sandy Koufax racked up 10 in Game 7 of the 1965 World Series against the Twins. Kershaw is just the sixth Dodgers pitcher overall to punch out at least 10 in a Fall Classic contest.
• The last pitcher to strike out at least 11 batters in his first ever World Series start was the Orioles' Moe Drabowsky, who punched out 11 Dodgers in a Game 1 victory back in 1966.

• The last pitcher to set the tone by striking out 11 in Game 1 of a World Series? That would be the legendary Bob Gibson, who struck out a World Series-record 17 Tigers in the opening game of the 1968 Fall Classic for the Cardinals.
• The Dodgers have won each of Kershaw's four starts this postseason. They lost seven of his first 14 from 2008-16.
• It was fitting that the only blemish against Kershaw was Bregman's solo homer. All of Kershaw's runs this postseason (eight) have come via home runs (seven), making him the sixth pitcher and first since Cole Hamels in 2009 to give up seven homers in a single postseason. Going back to the regular season, Kershaw has surrendered at least one homer in nine straight starts.
• Kershaw became the first pitcher in 2017 to strike out more than 10 in a game against the Astros.
Taylor gets things going
• Taylor greeted Astros starter Dallas Keuchel in the bottom of the first with a first-pitch drive way up into the left-field bleachers, projected at 447 feet by Statcast™. That made it the sixth-longest postseason homer since 2015 and second longest this postseason. Taylor also ranks third on the latter list, at 444 feet.

• It was just the fourth leadoff homer run in any Game 1 in World Series history. The previous three were hit by Don Buford (1969 for the Orioles), Dustin Pedroia (2007 for the Red Sox) and Alcides Escobar on his inside-the-park homer for the Royals in 2015. All three, like Taylor's, were hit in the bottom of the first. Escobar's inside-the-parker was also hit off the first pitch.
The most recent leadoff home run in any World Series game was as recent as it gets. William Fowler led off Game 7 of the 2016 Fall Classic for the Cubs with a shot off the Indians' Corey Kluber.
• The Dodgers' only other leadoff homer in the World Series came off the bat of Davey Lopes against Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter of the Yankees, in Game 6 in 1978. However, L.A. lost, 7-2, as the Yankees clinched the series.
• How unusual was it for Keuchel to give up that big fly? He surrendered just one first-inning homer in the regular season and had not been taken deep by his first batter in any game since the Pirates' Starling Marte did it on July 26, 2012, in Keuchel's sixth MLB start.
Turner strikes again
• With the game tied at 1 in the sixth, Turner untied it with one healthy uppercut swing for a two-run homer off Keuchel. Struck with a 96-mph exit velocity and 37-degree launch angle, similar batted balls to the one Turner hit have gone for home runs approximately one out of every 10 times since Statcast™ began tracking in 2015. Fortunately for the Dodgers' third baseman, this one just cleared the left-field fence -- perhaps with some help from Mother Nature.

• Turner's 26 career RBIs in postseason play are now tied with Hall of Famer Duke Snider for the most in Dodgers history. His 14 RBIs this postseason surpassed Dusty Baker's 13 in 1977 for the most in any single October by a Dodgers player. Turner's four home runs this postseason are now one shy of the five hit by Lopes in 1978 for the franchise's single-year record.
The Dodgers' bullpen remains pristine
• Kershaw's seven sterling innings were all he needed to contribute considering how robust Los Angeles' bullpen has been this October. The two perfect innings posted by Brandon Morrow and Kenley Jansen gives the Dodgers' bullpen a record 25 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to their Game 2 victory over the D-backs in the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile.

• Dodgers relievers have allowed only three runners to cross home plate over 30 2/3 innings since the beginning of the 2017 postseason. That's good for a 0.88 ERA, on pace to be the second lowest recorded by any team's relief corps over at least 30 innings in a single postseason behind the 0.29 ERA recorded by the 1990 Reds.
• The Dodgers' bullpen has still allowed fewer baserunners than all four of the teams that were eliminated two rounds ago in the LDS -- the Red Sox (36), D-backs (31), Indians (28) and Nationals (23).
• Jansen worked a perfect ninth and has now retired 27 of the 31 batters he has faced in this postseason. Only 19 relievers have previously pitched at least 10 innings in a single postseason without allowing an earned run. Jansen has yet to permit one in his nine postseason frames this year.

Astros tidbits
• Bregman became the first American League hitter to homer in the World Series at age 23 or younger since Manny Ramirez in 1995 for the Indians and the first third baseman to do so at such a tender age since the Pirates' Richie Hebner in 1971.

George Springer became the 12th player in World Series history and first since the Giants' Pat Burrell in 2010 to take at least four at-bats in a game and strike out each time. Springer joined the Marlins' Devon White (1997) and the New York Giants' Josh Devore (1911) as the only leadoff hitters to do that.

Andrew Simon is a research analyst for Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for based in Los Angeles.