FanGraphs | Brendan Gawlowski: We’re one-fifth of the way through the century... what have been the best World Series in that stretch? Surprisingly two of the best came in recent memory, when the Cubs won in seven and when the Astros won their first in 2017. The series that will almost always take the cake is 2001, which had seven distinct thrillers right after 9/11.
Baseball Prospectus | Rob Mains ($): It’s been over 75 years since a Washington-based team made the World Series, so you would have to go back at least that far to find comparisons. While Walter Johnson was on the bump back then, Max Scherzer finds himself in that position, helping the team notch their first World Series victory in their current franchise’s history.
The Ringer | Michael Baumann: Stephen Strasburg will always be known for his absence in 2012, but that could be erased by a classic World Series gem this year. He’s been excellent in the postseason already, which is overlooked, and it won’t be forgotten if it helps lead the team to a title.