Luckily, baseball has a penchant for cataloging even the most mundane numbers. Let’s break down some of the most eye-catching numeric narratives of the final match of the 2017 season:
.500 – Winning percentage of the home team in World Series Game 7s. In 38 Game 7s in Fall Classic history, the home team has won 19. That tie’s about to be broken.
0 – World Series Game 7s that have previously taken place at Dodger Stadium.
1 2/3 – Innings pitched by Yu Darvish in Game 3, the shortest start of the right-hander’s career.
7.29 – ERA of the Astros’ bullpen during the World Series. The Dodgers have certainly found a way to get to Houston’s relievers.
20 – Teams have come back from a 3-2 deficit to win the championship. The Dodgers will be hoping to make blackjack.
24 – Home runs hit in the World Series. They’ve already broken the record. At this point, it’s all just setting new highs.
52 – Years since the Dodgers have been in a Game 7. Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax threw a complete-game shutout, allowing three hits against the Minnesota Twins.
53 – Wins for the Astros on the road during the regular season – the best road record in all of baseball.
57 – Wins for the Dodgers on the road during the regular season. You guessed it: That’s the best record at home in all of baseball.
1931 – The last year in which a pair of 100-win teams met in the World Series and went to a Game 7. The epic contest between the Dodgers and Astros deserved this climactic ending.