Astros to start Valdez
The Houston Astros will start with left-hander Framber Valdez against the Atlanta Braves in Game One of the World Series on Tuesday night.
The Astros are 10/13 to take the series opener, while the Braves are 11/10 to win the first matchup.
A man in form
Valdez is coming off his best start of any pitcher this postseason after going eight innings and giving up just one run against the Boston Red Sox in Game Five of the American League Championship series.
Charlie Morton will be sent by Atlanta to the mound. The veteran righty is 14-6 over the regular season with a 3.34 ERA, but has a 0-1 record in the postseason with a 3.77 ERA.
When you get down to the last two teams, you can't overlook anybody.Dusty Baker
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Astros' right-handed pitcher Lance McCullers has been all but ruled out for the World Series after missing the ALCS with right forearm tightness.
A decision on centre fielder Jake Meyers, who has been picked up a shoulder injury, is pending. Rosters don't have to be submitted to Major League Baseball till Tuesday morning.
Speaking to the official Houston Astros' website, team manager Dusty Baker said: "I expect a very formidable foe. When you get down to the last two teams, you can't overlook anybody. David just slew Goliath. They have a good team."
This coming series has a family connection as well. Astros' coach Troy Snitker is the son of the Braves manager, Brian.
The two have been discussing the possibility of meeting in the World Series since both of their teams missed out on the fall classic last year.
Troy spoke to the official Astros' website and said: "It's something we were praying and hoping it would happen. For our family, I don't know if we can envision anything bigger than this. It's cool to think of two pennants in the same house."