The 2017 World Series schedule begins on Tuesday night (Oct. 24) when the #Los Angeles Dodgers host Game 1. The Dodgers finished with the best record in baseball, giving the team the right to host the first two games of the World Series. Should they become necessary, the Dodgers would also host Game 6 and Game 7. By winning the NLCS in just five games, the Dodgers also got to grab some needed rest.

Over in the American League, it took seven games for the Houston Astros to take care of the New York Yankees. In all seven games of the ALCS, the home team ended up being the winner. This showed how important it was for Houston to get to host the first two (and last two) games of the series.

While New York put up a great fight as the Wild Card winner, the team just didn’t have enough left in the tank.

Clayton Kershaw gets his chance

When the #2017 World Series schedule begins, the Los Angeles Dodgers will have ace #Clayton Kershaw on the mound. Despite having one of the most successful regular season careers in baseball history, the lack of postseason success has continued to follow him around. He dominated the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 of the NLCS, though, helping propel the Dodgers to the first World Series since he joined the team. Now Kershaw takes the mound in Game 1.

The Game 1 starter for the Houston Astros has not yet been named, but it’s very likely that the team will go with Dallas Keuchel. Justin Verlander just pitched on Friday night (Oct. 20) against the New York Yankees, so the Astros would have to rush him back on short rest.

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Keuchel is considered the ace of the staff in Houston anyway, so the fans will be expecting him to take the mound to open the World Series schedule.

Game dates and start times

Each game of the 2017 World Series schedule will begin at 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET on FOX. This keeps it easy for fans to remember, beginning with Game 1 on Oct. 24 and then Game 2 on Oct. 25. Those two games will take place in Los Angeles. The next three games will take place in Houston, with Game 3 on Oct. 27, Game 4 on Oct. 28, and Game 5 on Oct. 29. Game 5 is only necessary if there is not a four-game sweep. Game 6 would then be on Oct. 31 and Game 7 on Nov. 1 if they are necessary.

After Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve hit three home runs in Game 1 of the ALDS, it seemed like he was going to carry his team through the postseason. The success Altuve has had this season, combined with the trade to acquire Justin Verlander, make it clear why the team ended up becoming the American League champions. Now they must deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw.