The Boston Red Sox didn’t make it quite as far as we wanted, but as baseball fans in general most of us will still be tuning into the World Series, which kicks off Tuesday night between the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros. For this edition of SB Nation Reacts, as you may guess we are covering predictions for this year’s World Series.
Who are you rooting for?
This is certainly not a surprise as fans certainly do not want to see the Astros win after their 2017 sign-stealing scandal. It should be mentioned that there are issues with the Braves as well, some more culturally significant than the sign-stealing. That said, I’m also rooting for Atlanta. Part of that is the 2017, but mostly it’s just a personal preference. My grandparents lived in Atlanta when I was growing up and as a result often rooted for the Braves, and so by extension they’ve always been my second favorite team.
Who will win?
This actually is a bit surprising to me. Maybe it’s my AL bias, but I feel like this is Houston’s series to win. The pitching certainly favors Atlanta, but the pitching also favored Boston heading into the ALCS and we know how that turned out. I just feel like Houston’s offense is too relentless to lose four out of seven to this Atlanta team. But again, I hope I’m wrong. I do think it’ll be close, but I’ll go with Houston in six.
Who will be MVP?
This feels pretty much like chalk, and it’s hard to argue with it. If you think the Braves will win, Freeman is their best hitter so he makes sense. On the flip side, Correa is at least among Houston’s best hitters and has a history of performing this time of year. I’ll go a bit off the board (this board, at least) and pick Kyle Tucker. My off-board Atlanta pick will be Joc Pederson. We’re celebrating Joctober ‘round these parts, folks.