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Astros at Braves, World Series Games 3-5, Friday-Sunday (Series tied 1-1)
The Houston Astros celebrate the team's 7-2 win against the Atlanta Braves in Game Two of the World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 27, 2021 in Houston, Texas.
The Houston Astros celebrate the team's 7-2 win against the Atlanta Braves in Game Two of the World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 27, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Photo credit Elsa/Getty Images

ATLANTA, Ga. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- In a different world, maybe the first two games of the World Series were on the South Side. How nice that would have been?

But, the White Sox ran into the Astros, who at times have looked like an absolute juggernaut, and at times have looked rather meek.

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Boston was six outs away from taking a 3-1 lead on Houston in the American League Championship Series. Then Houston outscored the Red Sox 22-to-1 the rest of the way.

Atlanta took Game 1 of the World Series rather handily. Then Houston suffocated the Braves 7-2 in Game 2 to reassert itself.

Now the series shifts to Atlanta for the first time since 1999. Two rookie pitchers will meet in Friday's Game 3 - that hasn't happened in the Fall Classic since 2006. After that, it's touch and go on the mound, and at the plate, the tough to stop Astros against a homer-happy Braves side that preys on mistakes and comes through in the clutch.

Savor these last games, by the way - baseball's bargaining agreement expires this winter, and the start of next year is most definitely in doubt. The goose's eggs are pretty golden, so it's unlikely we see a stoppage lengthy enough to put next season fully at risk. But it might be a longer wait than usual before those equipment trucks start heading for warmer climates and Spring Training begins.