Sports Illustrated's Ben Reiter who predicted 2017 championship says Astros will win World Series

Sports Illustrated's Ben Reiter who predicted 2017 championship says Astros will win World Series
The Astros will have a reason to celebrate this year, according to Ben Reiter. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Ben Reiter, senior writer with Sports Illustrated, made a bold prediction when he said the Houston Astros, who were in the midst of a 100-loss season in 2014, predicted the club would win the World Series.

What's more, he predicted the exact year of 2017 for Houston's crowning.

This season, he correctly predicted a 2019 World Series of the Astros and Washington Nationals. He believes the 'Stros are taking it again.

Reiter spoke with ABC13 hours before Game 1, explaining that the Astros are a growing dynasty.

He believed strongly in the Astros organization and its plan to rebuild using analytics, patient decision-making, cutting edge training, and a dash of gut intuition. That grew into his book Astroball: The New Way to Win It All.

In the book, he dives into the team's strategy for continued success.

Aside from correctly predicting the championship matchup, he offered more predictions.


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ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday morning that the Houston Texans were trading for Bills Pro Bowl wide receiver Stefon Diggs. And while Houston fans were celebrating the gutsy move, Colts fan and former punter Pat McAfee had a different reaction to the news.

McAfee was in disbelief about what the Texans pulled off and how quickly they have turned their franchise around. McAfee lamented over how the Texans were supposed to be a “dumpster fire” for the next ten years.

But it only took one season for Houston to turn things around by hiring DeMeco Ryans to be the head coach, and drafting CJ Stroud to be their franchise quarterback.

The Texans already won the division over the Colts in the last game of the 2023 regular season, destroyed the Browns in the first round of the playoffs, and now have traded for superstar receiver Stefon Diggs. And they only had to surrender a 2025 second-round pick, with two mid-round selections coming back to Houston in the deal.

McAfee has been a big supporter of the Texans on his show over the last year, despite being a devoted fan of the rival Colts. His ranting is mostly tongue in cheek in the beginning of the video, as he gives GM Nick Caserio and Ryans a lot of credit for what they've achieved of late.

But McAfee recalls it wasn't that long ago the Texans appeared doomed for the foreseeable future, with Jack Easterby running the franchise into the ground and doing a good job of keeping it there.

That was the past and this is the present. The Texans are a bona fide Super Bowl contender, and the Colts will have to go through Stroud and the Texans for years to come in the AFC South.

Be sure to watch the video above for McAfee's shocking reaction!

Warning: Graphic Language in the video above.

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