World Series 2021: Need-to-know for the schedule, tickets, odds, more
HOUSTON - The countdown is on for the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros to play on professional baseball's biggest stage: the World Series.
The Braves advanced past the National League Championship Series to face the American League champion Astros, with Game 1 set for Tuesday on FOX.
Whether you're attending a game in Houston or Atlanta or planning on watching from the comfort of your home, here's some essential information about this year's Fall Classic.
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World Series schedule
The 2021 World Series, like the prior Championship series, is a best-of-7 series with the Astros hosting up to four home games and the Braves hosting up to three.
Home field advantage was determined by the team with the best regular season winning percentage.
Houston will host two consecutive games at Minute Maid Park, then Atlanta will host up to three consecutive games at Truist Park. If necessary, Games 6 and 7 will be back in Houston.
Here's the full schedule:
WORLD SERIES Best-of-seven
Tuesday, Oct. 26
Braves at Astros, Game 1 (FOX, 8 p.m.)
Wednesday, Oct. 27
Braves at Astros, Game 2 (FOX, 8 p.m.)
Friday, Oct. 29
Astros at Braves, Game 3 (FOX, 8 p.m.)
Saturday, Oct. 30
Astros at Braves, Game 4 (FOX, 8 p.m.)
Sunday, Oct. 31
Astros at Braves, Game 5* (FOX, 8 p.m.)
Tuesday, Nov. 2
Braves at Astros, Game 6* (FOX, 8 p.m.)
Wednesday, Nov. 3
Braves at Astros, Game 7* (FOX, 8 p.m.)
* - if necessary
How to watch
All games will be broadcast on FOX. Coverage starts at 8 p.m. each night. Joe Buck and Atlanta Braves legend John Smoltz will call the game from the broadcast booth.
Major League Baseball says games will be available to stream for MLB.TV subscribers through a participating TV provider.
Pre-game coverage for each game begins at 7:30 p.m., except for Game 5 in Atlanta, for which coverage will begin prior to first pitch at 8 p.m.
How do you get tickets?
The Braves announced tickets and parking for the World Series to be played at Truist Park will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, October 26 at 10 a.m. ET. Inventory is extremely limited.
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There was a limited pre-sale for "A-list" season ticket members that began Monday. Fans were allowed to buy up to 4 tickets per transaction.
Once tickets are sold out, fans will have to turn to secondary markets. Tickets to Game 3 at Truist Park were starting at $999 on Stub Hub at 1 p.m. on Monday. It cost more than $1,000 to attend Game 4.
Tickets for Game 1 at Minute Maid Park in Houston started at $440 on Stub Hub.
How Braves and Astors made it to the World Series
Atlanta's story is one of ups and downs.
The Braves lost start outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. to a season-ending knee injury in July didn't climb above a .500 winning percentage until Aug. 8. But Atlanta went 18-8 in August and finished with an 88-73 record, good enough for first in the NL East Division and a trip to the postseason.
Atlanta got past NL Central Divison champion Milwaukee in the National League Division Series and NL Wild Card winner Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.
Houston finished the regular season 95-67, first in the American League West. Houston played 101 of its 162 games in first place.
The Astros took care of the Chicago White Sox in the ALDS before falling behind 2-1 to the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS. Houston won the last three games of the series, outscoring Boston 23-3 over that stretch of games.
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The Braves franchise has won three World Series, but one in Atlanta in 1995. The team last appeared in a World Series in 1999 and last won the title in 1995.
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Houston's success is more recent. The Astros have won one World Series in four appearances. This is Houston's third World Series in the last five years.
The majority of sportsbooks favor Houston to win the series.
FOXSports' MLB odds show the money line for a Houston Astros championship was -153 at around 1 p.m. on Monday. The Braves' money line was set at +130, meaning a wager of $10 would win $23.
How do the teams match up?
Houston had perhaps the best offensive season of any MLB club in 2021.
Houston boasted Major League Baseball's highest batting average: .267 as a team. Compare that to Atlanta's .244 average, which was 12th in MLB this season. Houston was the only team to reach base in more than one-third of its plate appearances this season.
If you're a fan of advanced statistics, Houston led the league with a 116 wRC+, meaning the Astros created 16% more runs than the league average. Atlanta was just below league-average with a 98 wRC+
When it comes to pitching, both World Series contenders are as close as it gets. Houston's team Earned Run Average was seventh overall during the regular season at 3.78, while Atlanta's was eighth at 3.89.
Houston struck out 9.07 batters, walked 3.42 batters and conceded 1.16 home runs per nine innings. Atlanta pitchers' ratios were 9.04, 3.29 and 1.17, respectively.
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