It is officially the World Series season! After both the Astros and the Phillies quickly defeated both their opponents, they will be kicking off the first World Series game in Houston tonight! Their quick work made baseball fans wait four days too many without any games, but the wait ends tonight. ESPN recently announced who will be this year’s predicted MVPs and World Series Champion. MLB experts have predicted who they believe will win, and how many games it will take to determine which team will go home with the trophy.
For the fourth time in six years, the Houston Astros have won a World Series pennant.
The Astros finished their aggressive ALCS sweep of the New York Yankees on Sunday night (Oct. 23) at Yankee Stadium to a final score of HOU 6, NYY 5. In an almost fated cycle of encounters, it is the third time in the last six years and the fourth time in the last eight years the Astros have ousted the Yankees in the postseason.
The Atlanta Braves are swiftly moving further and further up on the MLB power rankings, currently sitting at third in National League standings, and fourth in overall MLB standings. The Dodgers and Mets have topped the list for weeks now, with the Dodgers maintaining a phenomenal 70% win average and the Mets coming in at a close second with a 64.2% win average— but the Braves may give these leading teams a run for their money.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have a five game lead over all other MLB teams in the National and American Leagues, putting them at the top of the rankings about two months before the regular season ends, and playoffs begin. As a diehard San Francisco Giants fan, it pained me to witness the Dodgers sweep the Giants in not only their home series, but also their away series last week, with the Dodgers winning all eight games against their Northern California rival. Additionally, the LA team won all three games of their most recent series against the San Diego Padres, who are currently ranked higher than the Giants.
The MLB trade deadline is approaching in less than a month, and rumors have already been circulating surrounding certain players set to be traded, as managers attempt to create the ideal rosters before the October playoffs and November World Series. A year ago, the Kansas City Royals traded Jorge Soler midseason to the Atlanta Braves, and he ended up being the World Series MVP of 2021, proving that midseason trades can be extremely valuable to a team.