We’ve made it to baseball’s final dance. Congrats.
I love the World Series, I truly do. I guess I am supposed to; I’ve covered a bunch and am a baseball writer for a living — when I’m not doling out fake drinks in this dusty dive.
But there is something special in the fall about two teams left standing from summer’s game.
I’m intrigued by this matchup, the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers, which begins Tuesday night in Chavez Ravine.
Clayton Kershaw versus Dallas Keuchel, two lefties with four combined Cy Young Awards kicks this one off at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday.
The Dodgers haven’t won it all since Kirk Gibson limped around the bases in 1988 and the Astros have never won an October Class game in their existence – getting there once, in 2005 as a National League squad, and getting swept by the Chicago White Sox.
There’s plenty of intrigue here: Will the team with the highest payroll (Dodgers) win it all or the will it be the one that was 18th in payroll to start the season? Will the kings of the analytics (Astros), an organization that canned most of its scouts in 2017, prove that nerds rule?
And then there’s the heartstring storyline: The City of Houston on the cusp of triumph shortly after Hurricane Harvey caused so much turmoil.
I’m a sucker for the good story. So, I’m taking the Astros. And I’ll say they win in seven games – no one wants a sweep, right? I’ll also take George Springer (picking Jose Altuve is too easy) as the World Series MVP. Just a hunch.
I’m amending my original World Series pick from April – Indians over Nationals – that I stuck with when we made our predictions in the Tap Room at the beginning of the postseason.
Only three of you are still alive in those: Bancells’ Stache had the Astros winning over the Cubs – so you’d get partial credit. TxBirdFan had the Astros in five, but didn’t pick a NL team, so, again, partial credit and half a drink chip if you end up nailing this.
And then there is mqm, who sneaked in a one-line prediction: “Astros over Dodgers in 6.” That would be minimalist genius at its supreme.
And, speaking of geniuses, I sure hope the Dodgers don’t beat the Astros in six games. Because that’s what our podcast host extraordinaire, Adam Pohl, predicted on April 5, Opening Day, in our staff picks. Pohl will never let us live it down if he hits it on the nose.
To be fair, three of our five staffers envisioned a Dodgers’ World Series title way back in April. Dean Jones Jr., had them beating the Red Sox in seven games and Paul Folkemer had the Indians losing to the Dodgers in six games.
Me? Not so much.
So, how about you? Want a mulligan? You got it (all but mqm; he/she has to live with that awesome call from the beginning of the month). We aim to please at the Tap Room.
Give me your revamped World Series predictions today. Winner, how many games and throw in a World Series MVP just for fun.
Tap-In Question: Who’s your World Series champ, in how many games and who’s the Series MVP?