For another week or two, the Chicago Cubs will remain World Series champions. But after? A new champion will emerge.
This is a rare matchup in a surprising number of ways. First, the Astros were in the National League for decades until 2013, and so this is their first World Series as an American League team. Second, Houston has never won a single World Series game, having been swept in their only other World Series appearance in 2005.
As for the Los Angeles Dodgers? Their last World Series appearance was in 1988, a victory. Their 2017 appearance caps off their fifth-consecutive National League West division title.
But most importantly, the Dodgers and Astros represent one of the most talented World Series matchups in history. Los Angeles accrued 104 wins over the course of the season, and Houston notched 101 victories. The last time two teams with 100 or more wins met in the World Series was 1970.
This is gonna be a blast.
Los Angeles will roll out Clayton Kershaw, best pitcher in baseball, to start for them. Corey Seager returns to the team after sitting out the NLCS with an injury.
Houston will counter with some guy named Dallas Keuchel, who also has a Cy Young award in his trophy room. The best offense in baseball backs him up.
May the best team win.