The Houston Astros have been perhaps MLB’s best and most consistent team since the mid-2010s.
They have won a World Series, lost two more, and just made the 2022 edition, too.
They will face the Philadelphia Phillies starting on Friday, looking for their second title.
They are actually trying to change history, because they haven’t won Game 1 of the Fall Classic in their history yet, not even in 2017 when they took the trophy.
Game 1 in Houston tonight 👀 pic.twitter.com/d0ORd6Xb6q
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 28, 2022
They have made five World Series: one in 2005 when they were still in the National League, and four recent appearances in 2017, 2019, 2021, and 2022.
An Odd, Potentially Problematic Bad Streak In World Series Game 1
In all of them (except for the 2022, of course) they dropped the first game.
They were able to overcome falling to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the 2017 matchup, but couldn’t do it in their other three appearances.
The statistical odds of taking the World Series always favor those who win Game 1.
It’s a pivotal game in any best-of-seven series, so the Astros need Verlander (1.75 ERA in the regular season, 6.30 ERA in the 2022 postseason) to be on his game tonight.
The Astros are 7-0 in the playoffs so far, but they will try to make it 8-0 and break their Game 1 bad streak at the same time.
They will have a team that caught fire at the right time in front of them.