2025 World Series Preview: Colorado Rockies vs Houston AstrosWith the Colorado Rockies edging the Cincinnati Reds in Game 7 of the NLCS, the World Series stage is set with the top-seeded Rockies taking on the 4-time AL champion Houston Astros. The path for both teams took an oddly similar route from last year, with the NL champion Rockies shaking off the Giants in 6 games in the NLDS before going the distance to beat the Reds in the NLCS. Meanwhile, the Astros, swept through the Yankees in the ALDS and the Athletics in the ALCS to clinch their AL-leading 4th league championship.
The Rockies are coming into the series as by far the best team in the league, and arguably the best of all time. Their pitching dominance hasn't been seen by the league since the 2021 Pirates, in which both teams had 4 out of their 5 pitchers named all-stars. Their rotation is anchored by Cy Young winner Timmy Edwards, rookie sensation Karem West, and the all reliable Grady Barlow, with Tyler Olsen also in the rotation, their fourth all-star but hasn't appeared in the postseason yet. The batting order is loaded on top, with the first four hitters hitting near or at a .300 batting average. Aiden Ulrich, Ty Magers, and Pat Young all lead things off with, with team home run leader Otis Walsh hitting clean up. This team is an all around a threat. Even if the pitching falters (which it rarely does, allowing only 320 runs, the third-lowest total in the league), their hitting core more than makes up for it, scoring a league-leading 530 runs off a leading 892 hits.
Meanwhile, the Astros are heading into their fourth World Series, second-most behind the Pirates' five appearances. While not as dominant as the Rockies, the Astros still come into this series as an offensive powerhouse, with their hitting and run totals in the top 5 of the league. But if there is one thing the Astros can do more than the Rockies, it's home runs. With 130 home runs, that's enough to tally second in the league, behind the Reds' 151 and ahead of the Rockies' 109. Their rotation is solid enough, anchored by the ace of the staff Sal Hicks along with Tyler Wall and Willie Gilbert, each boasting a WHIP between 1.00 and 1.20. Obviously nowhere near as strong as the Rockies', but they get the job done, helping the Astros win each one of their games this postseason while letting the offense do its job. The batting order is led off by MVP candidate Alonzo Lake, followed by Joe Singleton, Gabriel Wiggens, and power hitter extraordinaire Gaston Snow batting cleanup.
From the way it is looking, the Rockies' dominance all together could already create a compelling case to say they'll claim their first championship. The rotation is unmatched, and the hitting core has been firing on all cylinders. They already took down one of the premier offensive powerhouses of the Reds, though it took all 7 games to officially expel them. The Astros, statistically speaking, is slightly lower than that of the Reds', but they can still push the series to the distance on offense alone. That is where the Rockies' rotation comes in. Historically one of the best the league has seen, we expect them to shut down the Astros' high powered offense in key moments to clinch games in this series where the Astros' rotation cannot.
With all things considered, this series will be close, but the pitching dominance of the Rockies cannot be ignored nor stopped. The Rockies will clinch their first championship with a 6 game series win over the Astros, who will continue to look for their first.