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The Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros play Game 1 of the 2021 World Series on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The Astros will play their second championship in the past five years, as the Braves try to lift the trophy for the first time since 1995.

The Astros reached the Fall Classic by defeating the Red Sox in six games in the ALCS. The Braves, meanwhile, have upset the Dodgers in six games in the NLCS.

In this series, the Astros are the favorites of the consensus. Although they played in a more difficult division during the regular season, the Astros beat the Braves by seven games in the standings and by 71 points in points differential. Plus, they’re entering this series with more days off and they’ll be playing a potential Game 7 at home. That said, baseball is designed to challenge such expectations, and no one knows how it’s going to play out.

As to how that might play out, the four of us at CBS Sports MLB are here to provide (theoretically) educated guesses as to who wins the 2021 Fall Classic. Note that accuracy is not guaranteed.

2021 World Series Staff Choice

RJ Anderson: The Astros are probably the better team, but I’m worried about how Houston’s rotation without Lance McCullers Jr. compares to the Atlanta roster. It might be silly to get too locked into that aspect – especially given the dependence of both teams and the quality of the Astros’ lineup – but it’s not like anyone is going to remember or worry about those predictions 100 years from now, so you might as well live a little. TO TAKE: Braves in Seven; World Series MVP: Freddie Freeman.

Mike Axisa: I think the Astros are the better team, but the best team doesn’t always win, and I think the Braves can match Houston’s offensive firepower in a short streak. I also feel better about the Atlanta rotation now that we know the Astros will be without Lance McCullers Jr. I’m expecting a long streak anyway, and I have the Braves as a very slight favorites. TO TAKE: Braves in Seven; World Series MVP: Jorge Soler.

Dayn Perry: I think Houston’s offensive advantage is substantial, and I think having more rest than the Braves will benefit the Astros reliever box. The rotation of the Astros may seem a bit uncertain right now, but I’m buying Luis Garcia’s modified mechanics. TO TAKE: Astros in seven; World Series MVP: José Altuve.

Matt Snyder : Whatever adjustment the Astros made with their pitching after the ALCS 3 game (were they rocking?) Dusty Baker finally gets his ring as manager and retires in style. CHOICE: Astros in six; World Series MVP: Carlos Correa.

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