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Before Game 7, Marly Rivera discusses her (so far) spot-on 2017 World Series predictions

ESPN and ESPN Deportes writer and reporter Marly Rivera (R) discusses the World Series with SportsCenter anchor Cari Champion.

The 2017 World Series has been one for the ages, but as we write this on Nov. 1, hours away from Game 7, it’s hard to imagine anyone knowing we’d be here – back in March!

Marly Rivera at Dodger Stadium (Photo courtesy of Marly Rivera/ESPN)

Well, there was at least one psychic-like predictor: On March 31, ESPN MLB reporter Marly Rivera correctly predicted a Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Houston Astros World Series. Then, she foresaw the series going seven games (culminating with the Astros winning their first World Series title).

As Rivera awaited tonight’s first pitch, she reflected on her money prediction from March.

“First of all, I want to make sure to stress that this is the first time in my many years of covering baseball that I’ve predicted the final two teams standing correctly so early on,” she said. “After the seasons that both teams had last year, and their solid moves in the offseason, I believed they were going to be strong competitors to win their divisions. I also saw the Astros as an offensive powerhouse with tons of young talent about to break out, and the Dodgers as one of the most balanced and complete teams on both sides of the ball. I know a lot of people picked the Dodgers to win it all, so my Astros prediction found some scorn, but hey I may still be wrong!”

ESPN Radio will nationally broadcast World Series Game 7 tonight at 8 p.m. ET. Audio is also available on the ESPN App,, TuneIn, Slacker and Sirius/XM Ch. 80.

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