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SAN FRANCISCO —meet one more time with the season series on the line when the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants wrap up their three-game set Sunday afternoon.Veterans Wilmer Flores http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-patrick-corbin-jersey , Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier combined to produce an 11th-inning run for the Mets on Saturday, sending the Giants (68-69) back below .500 and into even more of a look-at-the-prospects mode for the final 25 games of the season.One of the Giants’ top young pitchers, right-hander Chris Stratton (9-7, 4.99 ERA), will duel Mets standout Noah Syndergaard (9-3, 3.51) in the series finale, with each team having won three times in the seven-game season series.Article continues below ...Stratton pitched against the Mets for the first time in his career on Aug. 21, limiting them to two runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. He did not get a decision in a 6-3 loss.Michael Conforto’s three-run homer off Giants reliever Tony Watson in a four-run eighth inning made the difference that night after Stratton left a 2-2 game in the seventh.Stratton, a veteran of only 31 major league starts, rebounded to shut out the Arizona Diamondbacks for eight innings in a 2-0 win Monday.Stratton might find himself pitching to a familiar batterymate, catcher Aramis Garcia, a teammate earlier this season at Triple-A Sacramento.Garcia homered in his major league debut in Friday’s 7-0 victory over the Mets.Austin Slater, Alen Hanson and Chris Shaw, three other potential foundation pieces in the Giants’ future, also have seen playing time in the New York series even though San Francisco technically remains alive in the National League West and NL wild-card races.The Mets, meanwhile Randy Johnson Jersey , were long ago left in the dust in the NL East, yet battled the young Giants with mostly veterans Saturday, including 34-year-old Jerry Blevins, the game’s winning pitcher.New York also summoned former standout third baseman David Wright from a minor league rehab in hopes that he can make his season debut this month.Syndergaard will seek to become the Mets’ first 10-game winner this season.He pitched a 5-3 victory over the Giants on Aug. 22, allowing two runs and five hits in six innings, to run his career mark against San Francisco in four starts to 2-2 with a 3.51 ERA.Like Syndergaard, Stratton has a chance to become the first Giants pitcher this season to reach 10 wins in a year in which ace Madison Bumgarner missed more than two months with a broken finger and Johnny Cueto was shelved on more than one occasion with neck and elbow ailments.After the teams went scoreless into the seventh inning Friday night, it was no surprise Saturday’s matchup went into extra innings.The Giants lead the majors with 19 extra-inning games. Nine of their last 10 games have been decided by two or fewer runs.The Mets, meanwhile, have gone extras 16 times this season, winning seven times.Frazier’s one-out sacrifice fly that scored Flores with the game-winner in the 11th Saturday delivered only the Mets’ second run of the series. They’ve gone 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position in the 20 innings. The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers have 33 World Series appearances between them, but the 2018 World Series is just the franchises' second meeting in the Fall Classic.The World Series, which begins Tuesday at Fenway Park, is the first championship series between the two since 1916.Boston has been one of the most successful teams over the past 20 years, as it won the 2004, 2007 and 2013 titles.The Dodgers http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-a.-j.-pollock-jersey , who are in search of their first title since 1988, are the third team to reach back-to-back World Series since 2010.As Tuesday inches closer, we will know more about how each team will approach the series. But for now, we have an idea of what will occur when the series opens in Boston.2018 World Series ScheduleGame 1:Tuesday, October 23 (8:09 p.m,., Fox)Game 2:Wednesday, October 24 (8:09 p.m., Fox)Game 3:Friday, October 26 (8:09 p.m,, Fox)Game 4:Saturday, October 27 (8:09 p.m., Fox)Game 5:Sunday, October 28 (8:15 p.m., Fox)*Game 6:Tuesday Yasmany Tomas Jersey , October 30 (8:09 p.m., Fox)*Game 7:Wednesday, October 31 (8:09 p.m., Fox)**Ifnecessary.All times ET. Sale, Kershawin Line to Start Game 1The World Series pitching matchups haven't been released, but with the way the ALCS and NLCS played out, Game 1 could feature a battle of two of baseball's top pitchers.Boston ace Chris Sale only pitched in Game 1 of the ALCS, which should mean he will be more than fresh for the World Series opener Tuesday at Fenway Park.Elise Amendola/Associated PressOn the other hand, Kershaw started two games for the Dodgers in the NLCS, but since he started Game 5, he should be ready to go on regular rest.The one inning Kershaw threw at the conclusion of Game 7 on Saturday came on a day whenKershaw was going to throw a bullpen session anyway.Over the past two postseasons, the left-handed aces have been sharp for their respective sides, which leads us to believe a pitcher's duel will break out in Game 1.In his past three playoff starts, Sale's given up two earned runs and he tossed a scoreless inning in relief in Game 4 of the ALDS against the New York Yankees.Kershawmade eight starts and two relief appearances in the postseason in 2017 and 2018, and he achieved a 5-1 record in those outings.The Dodgers ace was roughed up for six earned runs in Game 5 of the 2017 World Series by the Houston Astros, but other than that http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-shelby-miller-jersey , Kershaw hasn't given up more than four earned runs in one game during that span.If both pitchers throw the way they should in Game 1, the Fall Classic will open with a low-scoring affair that will be decided by the bullpens.Boston Appears to Enter with More Prolific OffenseOn paper, the Red Sox have the more threatening offense of the two World Series participants.Boston averaged 5.8 runs per game in the ALCS, while the Dodgers managed 3.2 runs per game in the NLCS.Even though Boston played two fewer games than Los Angeles, those numbers are still a good indication of what each lineup is capable of producing.In the NLCS, the Dodgers didn't score more than five runs, while the Red Sox eclipsed that total in three of their four victories in the ALCS.However, if you look a bit deeper, the offensive numbers of the two teamsare more similar.Both teams hit five home runs in the second round of the postseason, and they each had at least nine players knock in a run.Boston hit .233 as a team against the Houston Astros, while the Dodgers were .223 at the dish versus the Milwaukee Brewers.Mark J. Terrill/Associated PressThe World Series numbers for both teams should be right around their LCS totals given the amount of in-form pitchers on each side.The one factor that could play a role early in the series is the unfamiliarity between the sides. Most of the Red Sox hitters don't have a wealth of experience against the Dodgers pitchers and vice versa.Manny Machado is the only player with an advantage at the plate because he spent six seasons with the Baltimore Orioles.Follow Joe on Twitter, JTansey90.

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