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World Series Game One Thread

The Astros host the Braves in the opener of baseball’s Fall Classic.

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This is it. It all comes down to this. The big game. The end all be all. least the first of possibly seven versions of that.

The Braves and Astros meet up for a World Series that writer Will Leitch ranked as his least desirable possibility prior to the Championship Series round.

Atlanta’s run to the World Series is rather shocking. Their 88 wins were the fewest of any playoff team, and they made it to October without their best player, Ronald Acuńa Jr., who has been out with a torn ACL since July.

Houston’s World Series berth is less surprising. This is an organization that has been playing meaningful fall baseball each year for the better part of a decade now. But they are without two of their top pitchers, Justin Verlander and Lance McCullers Jr. It will be interesting to see what veteran manager Dusty Bakers is able to pull off if he is going to win his first World Series as a skipper at the ripe old age of 72.

Atlanta Braves at Houston Astros, 8:09 p.m. ET, FOX

RHP Charlie Morton (14-6, 3.34 ERA) vs. LHP Framber Valdez (11-6, 3.14 ERA)

Braves lineup

  1. Jorge Soler, DH
  2. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  3. Ozzie Albies, 3B
  4. Austin Riley, 3B
  5. Eddie Rosario, LF
  6. Adam Duvall, CF
  7. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  8. Joc Pederson, RF
  9. Dansby Swanson, SS

Astros linsup

  1. José Altuve, 2B
  2. Michael Brantley, LF
  3. Alex Bregman, 3B
  4. Yordan Alvarez, DH
  5. Carlos Correa, SS
  6. Kyle Tucker, RF
  7. Yuli Gurriel, 1B
  8. Chas McCormick, CF
  9. Martin Maldonado, C