Elias Says: November 1, 2017

Taylor gets big hit

Chris Taylor’s RBI-double was the big hit in the Dodgers’ Game 6 win over the Astros. Taylor has reached base safely in all six games of the World Series, the first six Fall Classic games of his career. Taylor is the fifth Dodgers player to reach base safely in each of his first six career World Series games. The others to do it were Roy Campanella (first nine, 1949-1952), Steve Garvey (seven, 1974-1977), Steve Yeager (seven, 1974-1977) and Sandy Amoros (six, 1955-1956).

Pederson homers off Musgrove again

Joc Pederson hit a home run off Joe Musgrove in the seventh inning to give the Dodgers an insurance run in their Game 6 win. Pederson hit a three-run homer off Musgrove in the ninth inning of Game 4. Only one other player hit more than one home run off a particular relief pitcher in two-or-more World Series games, in either one series or multiple series. Mickey Mantle hit two home runs off Pittsburgh’s Freddie Green, both in the 1960 Fall Classic (Games 2 and 3).

Springer supplies power from the leadoff spot

George Springer’s home run gave the Astros a 1-0 lead in Game 6 of the World Series. It was Springer’s fourth home run of the World Series, all from the leadoff spot. That matches the most home runs from the first spot in the batting order for any player in any postseason series. Lenny Dykstra hit four for the Phillies in the 1993 World Series against the Blue Jays.

Booker thriving on the road

Devin Booker scored 32 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the Suns’ win over the Nets in Brooklyn, three days after scoring 34 points and hauling in six rebounds in a loss in Portland. The last Suns player to have consecutive games, both on the road, with at least 30 points and six rebounds was Amar’e Stoudemire in February 2007. Stoudemire scored 36 points with 13 rebounds in Denver and 36 points and nine rebounds in an overtime game in Portland.

Slow starts for the Kings

The Kings fell behind 9-0 in their loss to the Pacers on Tuesday night after falling behind 13-0 in their loss to the Wizards on Sunday. It’s only the second time over the last ten seasons that an NBA team fell behind 9-0 or worse in consecutive games. The Knicks fell behind 9-0 at Detroit and 10-0 against Memphis in consecutive games in February 2016.

Westbrook: points are down, rebounds and assists are up

Russell Westbrook scored 12 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out nine assists in Oklahoma City’s win over Milwaukee. Westbrook has scored only 137 points in seven games this season, 76 fewer than he scored in his first seven games last season. While Westbrook’s scoring his down, his rebounds (69 this season, 59 last season) and assists (82 this season, 69 last season) are up after seven games.

Mika fuels Rangers comeback

Mika Zibanejad had a hand in three of the four third-period goals scored by the Rangers as they rallied from a 4–2 deficit to beat the Golden Knights, 6–4. Zibanejad assisted on the goals by Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich which tied the score at 4–4, and then scored the game-winning goal with 5:49 remaining in the final period. (Michael Grabner scored an empty-net goal in the final two minutes.) This was only the second time in the last three seasons that the Rangers won a game in which they trailed by two goals in the third period. Their other win of that kind was a 5–4 victory at Columbus on Jan. 7, 2017, with New York outscoring the Blue Jackets, 3–0, in the third period. Zibanejad is the first Rangers player to produce three third-period points in one game since Derick Brassard tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in the final 20 minutes of a 6–3 victory against the Sabres on Jan. 25, 2016.

Larkin leading the Red Wings

Dylan Larkin scored the game-winning goal and recorded his 10th assist of the season in the Red Wings’ 5–3 win over the Coyotes. Larkin leads Detroit with 12 points, and he’s tied with Mike Green for the team high in assists this season. This is only the second time since 1998 that the Red Wings had a pair of players with 10 or more assists in the month of October. That also happened in 2007, when Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg each notched 12 October assists for the Red Wings.

Hellebuyck sets franchise record

Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck improved his record to 6–0–1 this season with a 2–1 win at Minnesota in which he made 28 saves. Hellebuyck’s streak of seven straight decisions without a loss is the longest start-of-season streak by any goaltender in Thrashers/Jets franchise history. Before this year, Atlanta’s Pasi Nurminen held the club mark with a five-decision streak to begin the 2003–04 season (three wins, two ties).