Recent history hasn't been kind to Game 1 losers

While the Game 1 loss isn't the end of the world for the Houston Astros, only three teams have dropped the World Series opener and come back to win the series over the past 20 years.

The Cubs lost Game 1 against the Indians last year, but the last time it had been done before that was in 2009, when the Yankees beat the Phillies in six games after dropping the opener.

Seven years prior, the Angels lost Game 1 of the 2002 World Series against the Giants, but would win the series in seven games.

The Astros send Justin Verlander to the hill in Game 2 with the opportunity to seize home-field advantage and head back to Houston with the series tied 1-1.

 

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