The Longest World Series Droughts

The Indians have the highest chance, now checking in at 19.5 percent going into the American League Division Series.

Down in Houston, the Astros hosted the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the ALDS. They rocked the Sox and a worn-down Chris Sale to win easily 8-2.

A year ago the Cubs were considered the betting favorites to win the title after finishing with the best record in baseball, and that's exactly what they did as they won their first championship since 1908.

In the second game Thursday, the Cleveland Indians showed why they are favored to not only advance to the World Series but win it for the first time since 1948, the current longest championship drought in baseball, and erase the bitter memory of their seven-game loss to the Cubs past year.

The following graphic shows all 88 contests colored by whether the victor of the first game won the series (green) or eventually lost (red), with circles for first-game wins at home and squares for first-game wins away.

Houston got the win, and one Astros fan went viral in the process, after giving the finger.

This bodes well for the Astros and the Indians, because, ever since Major League Baseball instituted the best-of-five division series in 1995, 63 of the 88 contests have gone to whichever team won the first game.

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