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Here are the 5 World Series storylines to watch as Astros and Braves face off

In a rare World Series matchup that felt far more likely at the beginning of April than the beginning of October, the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves will square off for baseball’s biggest prize beginning on Tuesday night.

The 95-win Astros leapt back to the top of the AL West, rolled over the White Sox in the ALDS, dispatched the Red Sox in their fifth consecutive trip to the ALCS, and now take the World Series stage for the third time in five years.

They will take on the 88-win Braves — preseason favorites to contend who stumbled through a miserable first half.