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World Series 2017 Game 1: Houston Astros v Los Angeles Dodgers – live!

It’s that time of year again, and of course, it’s great to see (imagine?) you all. Welcome to our live coverage of the Fall Classic!

Now, once upon a time, Dodgers v Astros would have been a more casual affair. A lighter-hearted, regular season, intra-division game. The kind of match-up you saw often, and thus, more relaxed: stroll in late on a Sunday afternoon, eat a dog, down a beer, leave a bit early to beat the traffic and move on to the next thing. La dee da.

David will be here shortly, in the meantime here’s Les Carpenter on this series’ cyber-twist:

The future of the World Series does not wear Dodger blue or Astro orange. It won’t throw a strike, hit a home run or chase a line drive into the gap, though it can predict the probability of such things occurring with remarkable accuracy.

The future of the World Series lives not in the mortal realm, but in mainframes and clouds and flash drives and smartphones carried by men with pedigrees much loftier than half a lifetime in the worn fields of the minor leagues.

Related: Is Dodgers v Astros the first all-computer World Series?

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