Houston to the World Series?


Fintan Cole, Sports

Currently, the top teams to likely be contenders for the World Series in Major League Baseball are the Houston Astros, the San Francisco Giants, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Tampa Bay Rays. 

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The Rays, Astros, Dodgers, Brewers, Red Sox, and Giants are most likely to make it because they have excellent regular-season records. There are many notable players on each team, but the most notable players in the top teams are Billy Wagner (Astros), Jose Quintana (Giants), Evan Longoria (Rays), and Austin Barnes (Dodgers). These players will most likely have a run for Most Valuable Player, or MVP if their teams win the World Series this year. The Dodgers, Brewers, and Giants look like they might make it there, but the other teams have potential too.






The top team in the American League, the San Francisco Giants, is looking incredible. The top team in the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers, have won the World Series last year and are looking to win it again for a back-to-back.

These teams have the potential to make it to the big ballgame because they have been stellar throughout. The Astros could end up there, too. These teams are in tiptop shape because of their high-quality starting pitching and closing pitching.

Pitching is very important because this is what allows runs and hits. The top pitchers are Jake McGee and Nick Anderson for the Giants, Max Scherzer for the Dodgers, Justin Verlander for the Astros, and Chris Archer for the Rays. If the Houston Astros are able to get quality hits and score runs against these top pitchers in the postseason, they will make it to the World Series.

Max Scherzer used to play for the Nationals and once struck 15 batters out against the Phillies before being traded to the L.A. Dodgers. And he’s continued to be the best pitcher that all Dodgers fans have ever seen.

Another thing that is important is also an offense. If Houston doesn’t get runs, then they don’t win. The best hitters for the Houston Astros are Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve. These guys are the best hitters on the team because they have the most postseason experience and they manage to make solid contact with the ball against the top pitchers they face.

Baseball is extremely popular in the US. During major events like the game of the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox playing in the Field of Dreams, the average of people watching is 5,200,000 viewers.

During the Home Run Derby in Denver, CO, there was an average of 7,130,000 people which is the second-highest audience size since the 2017 Home Run Derby. And the All-Star game was at 8,240,000 viewers. The World Series is seen by over 10,000,000 people each year.

The 2021 World Series will begin on October 26 and end on November 3 in the fall. The Astros won the first two matchups against the Los Angeles Angels 10-0 September 20, 2021, and 9-5 September 22, 2021. They could be in good shape for the American League Championship if they continue to be stellar. With Justin Verlander striking over 3,000 batters out in his career and Yordan Alvarez leading the team in home runs hit this year, the Houston Astros are looking into a bright future.