World Series predictions in 2021 could be a little tricky for fans to make this season. On the one hand, the Astros have been one of the best teams in baseball all year. They are also looking to put their sign-stealing scandal behind them and win their second championship in five years. Meanwhile, the Braves have been as good as any team since the trade deadline. They also knocked off the reigning champion Dodgers.
With the World Series schedule set, both teams should begin the series on Tuesday night with a lot of confidence. A World Series preview for either team will also reveal strengths for both teams and reasons why either team can win it all.
World Series predictions 2021
Perhaps the only thing we know for sure is that the 2021 World Series will be entertaining to watch. Both teams certainly have the sluggers to continue a run of high-scoring games we saw during the LCS in both leagues. For whatever reason, that got us in the mood to make some bold World Series predictions for the 2021 Fall Classic.
Eddie Rosario stays hot
Eddie Rosario has turned into one of the biggest stars of the postseason, playing a huge role in Atlanta’s victory over the Dodgers in the NLCS.
He hit just 14 home runs with an OPS of .740 during the regular season. But during the postseason, Rosario is batting .474 with three home runs and 11 RBIs, helping to give him an OPS of 1.313.
He’s a candidate to suddenly cool down after a few days off, but look for him to pick up against the Astros where he left off in the NLCS.
Someone hits three home runs in a game
This would be a piece of baseball history if it happens. Only four players have hit three home runs in a World Series game with Babe Ruth doing it twice.
But there are so many power hitters in both lineups that it wouldn’t be a surprise to see it happen again.
What player will actually do it is another matter. However, both ballparks are capable of giving up a lot of home runs and this seems like a series that will have plenty of runs, so the opportunity is there for someone to go deep three times in one game.
Freddie Freeman hits a walk-off homer
Freeman has been such a star for the Braves for so long that it seems inevitable that he’ll do something spectacular like hitting a walk-off home run in a World Series game.
He’s already hit three home runs in the playoffs and will have three chances in Games 3, 4, and 5 to deliver a walk-off home run that gives the Braves a win.
Charlie Morton beats his old team twice
Morton was with the Astros when they won the 2017 World Series, winning two games during that postseason. He now has a chance to make his former team pay for letting him go.
While he’s yet to pick up a win in this postseason, Morton is 7-4 in 16 career playoff appearances. Plus, he should know how to approach Houston’s potent lineup and help give the Braves two wins in this series.
Astros win in 7 games
Houston’s lineup will ultimately prove to be too much for Atlanta’s pitching staff. Unlike two years ago when the Astros lost all four of their home games in the World Series against the Nationals, they will take advantage of having Game 7 at home and win a compelling series on their home field.
Read more on the 2021 World Series in our MLB picks.