The 2021 World Series has arrived. The Atlanta Braves face the Houston Astros in Game 1 on Tuesday night.
The Astros, with their sign-stealing scandal hanging over the past two years, are in their third Fall Classic in the past five seasons. The Braves return for the first time since 1999. Atlanta is looking to snap a streak of 16 straight postseason appearances without a title. That drought is the longest in Major League Baseball history, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
It is also an unlikely World Series matchup. Atlanta did not have a winning record until Aug. 6 and entered the postseason with 88 wins, the fewest of any team. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, the Braves were underdogs against both the 95-win Milwaukee Brewers in the NLDS and the 106-win Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS. By winning the pennant, Atlanta became just the third team to win a playoff series against a team that had 18 or more regular-season wins. The Braves are also missing Ronald Acuna Jr., one of the team’s best players, who tore his right ACL in July.
Houston entered the season with 22-1 odds to win the World Series, according to Caesar’s Sportsbook, but became the American League favorite in June. The Astros also led the league in runs scored in the regular season.
Ready for Game 1? Charlie Morton will start for the Braves, with Framber Valdez going for the Astros.
Here are the best plays and moments from the World Series:
— Houston Astros (@astros) October 26, 2021
A most Atlanta pregame meal
Waffle House is a big deal in the South. Smothered, covered, chunked and capped. Or, smothered, covered, chunked and peppered. If you know, you know. Its headquarters is in Norcross, Georgia, outside Atlanta, and Waffle House was there to hype up the Braves.
Braves pitcher Tucker Davidson, who is not on the postseason roster, saluted his team with a hearty Waffle House spread.
Congratulations to the 2021 National League Champions – @Braves! Time to Scatter, Smother & Cover® at the World Series!
— Waffle House (@WaffleHouse) October 25, 2021
— Tucker Davidson (@tucktuck6) October 26, 2021
Local teams are ready
It all starts today.
— Houston Football (@UHCougarFB) October 26, 2021
Let’s get it, @astros 😤
— Houston Dynamo FC (@HoustonDynamo) October 26, 2021
🗣 HERE WE GO HOUSTON
— Houston Dash (@HoustonDash) October 26, 2021
— Georgia Tech Women’s Basketball (@GTWBB) October 26, 2021
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) October 26, 2021