Phillies and Astros square off in one of baseball's biggest World Series mismatches

There are underdogs, and then there's … a 6th-wildcard-spot team taking on the 106-win Houston behemoth

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On Friday night, the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies will begin playing in the World Series, a best-of-seven contest that could go later in the calendar than any Fall Classic ever. Here's everything you need to know about this unusual matchup, what each team needs to do to win baseball's championship, and what it would mean for them.

The biggest mismatch in 116 years — on paper

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