How a deep dive reveals some surprising facts about Astros-Braves World Series

Zack Greinke is the highest-paid active Astro. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Baseball fans are arguably the most statistic-obsessed patrons of any major sport.

Anyone who's been at a game or sports bar has overheard or even experienced the accusation/questions, such as: "If you don't know how many home runs Barry Bonds hit in 2001, are you even a fan?"

With that very quirky quirk in mind, financial website WalletHub has released a slew of stats that will help fair-weather fans arm themselves against armchair MLB managers. One little tidbit from WalletHub's Best Baseball Cities/World Series list: Houston ranks No. 3 in performance level of an MLB team (well, duh).

But it's all about the Astros, right? So, some stats:

  • Combined length of the Astros' and Braves' World Series draughts: 30 years
  • Average ticket prices for 2021 World Series games in Atlanta: $2,691
  • Average ticket prices for 2021 World Series games in Houston: $1,702
  • Houston Astros value: $1.87B
  • Atlanta Braves value: $1.88B
  • Amount Astros paid per regular-season victory: $2.1M
  • 2021 Astros team salary: $199.8M
  • 2021 Braves team salary: $176.4M
  • Highest-paid active Astros player: $35M
  • Highest-paid active Braves player: $22.4M

Of course, there's only one stat Houstonians care about: one — as in one 2021 World Series title

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