Dodgers vs. Astros
World Series, Game 3
At Minute Maid Park, Houston, Friday, 5 p.m.
TV: Ch. 11 Radio: 570.
Dodgers: Yu Darvish
Astros: Lance McCullers Jr.
Darvish in regular season*: 10-12, 3.86 ERA
Darvish in playoffs: 2-0, 1.59 ERA
Astros manager A.J. Hinch on Darvish: “We’ve had history with him. It doesn’t guarantee anything. There’s no more comfort facing Darvish on Friday than there was three months ago in Texas. We’ll have more information on him, but the games will have to be played on the field.”
McCullers in regular season: 7-4, 4.25 ERA
McCullers in playoffs: 0-0, 2.08 ERA
A former first-round draft pick, McCullers notched career highs for starts (22) and wins (7) this season and was especially good at home, going unbeaten in nine starts and posting a 3.04 ERA. He’s carried that success into the playoffs, giving up only three runs in one start and two relief appearances. He came out of the bullpen in the final American League Championship Series game against the New York Yankees to give up just one hit in four scoreless innings, earning the save. The right-hander’s repertoire consists primarily of a 12-6 curveball, a hard sinker, change-up and mid-90s four-seam fastball.
Hinch, a former catcher, on McCullers, who finished the Yankees off with 24 consecutive curveballs: “I’ve never been around or never caught a pitcher like McCullers, who literally the last  pitches you don’t even have to put a sign down. [Brian] McCann just said ‘bring it.’ And it shows the quality of the pitch. He’s not sneaking up on anybody with his stuff. People know.”
*Combined record with Texas and Dodgers.
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