If you haven’t yet read Sara Sanchez’ guide to watching the World Series, go check it out.
There’s also a World Series guide by Tyler Kepner of the New York Times, which includes this:
The Astros are just the sixth franchise to string together three consecutive seasons with at least 100 victories, joining the Yankees (2002-04), the Braves (1997-99), the Orioles (1969-71), the Cardinals (1942-44) and the Athletics (1929-31). Houston has a chance to join the Cardinals and the Athletics as the only teams to win two World Series titles within that run; the Yankees and Braves did not win the World Series in any of those seasons, and the Orioles won just once.
The Cubs won 99 games in 1908. If they had won one more game that year, they would have had a string of five consecutive 100-win seasons, as they won 116 in 1906, 107 in 1907, 104 in 1909 and 104 in 1910. The 104 Cubs wins in 1909 is still the record for the most by a second-place team (tied by the 1942 Dodgers). The Pirates won 110 that year, otherwise those Cubs would have won five straight pennants, too.
Also, it’s been noted that the Astros and Nationals are the first pair of teams that share a spring-training complex to meet in the World Series. Six other spring complexes are shared. Of those, three (Cardinals/Marlins, Diamondbacks/Rockies and Rangers/Royals) cannot be World Series matchups. The other three, which we might see in a future World Series: Mariners/Padres (Peoria, Arizona), Dodgers/White Sox (Glendale, Arizona) and Indians/Reds (Goodyear, Arizona).
Here’s all the info you’ll need for tonight’s game.
Game time for World Series Game 1: 7 p.m. CT. TV: Fox. Announcers: Joe Buck, John Smoltz. Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci.
Max Scherzer (Nationals) vs. Gerrit Cole (Astros)
Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.
Baseball-reference.com game preview
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