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MVP favorite Jose Altuve, all 5 feet 6 inches of him, stands tall for the Astros

LOS ANGELES - As long and pronounced as the path has been, the Houston Astros' ascent to the World Series has been expected. Four years ago, Sports Illustrated proclaimed them the 2017 World Series champions. Before the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers co-opted it, the organization popularized the phrase "trust the process" - after their attendance halved, players griped and embarrassments abounded.

Still, their strategy was clear: They'd collect first-round talents, play them together, and win

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