Incredible 2014 World Series prediction comes true

George Springer of the Houston Astros reacts after a double in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers

Sports Illustrated boldly predicted an Astros' World Series title on its cover in 2014 - after Houston had lost more than 100 games for three straight years - proclaiming: "Your 2017 World Series Champs".

The Houston Astros rocketed to the top of the baseball atmosphere on Wednesday after the franchise secured its first World Series win in its 55-year history. Not only did the Astros win, Springer was named Series MVP after boosting Houston over the Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 on Wednesday night.

In 2012 the Astros began a massive rebuilding process in which they said farewell to majority of their start players and invested in youth, making a number of trades and draft choices that saw them land the likes of Carlos Correa and George Springer.

His first inning double off Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish was followed by a homer in the second - Springer's fifth of the series that tied a record set by Reggie Jackson and matched by Chase Utley for the Dodgers. The Astros, the worst team in baseball the previous season, were in last place.

"We did this for them", Astros second baseman Jose Altuve said of the team's fans in Houston.

But the Astros shored up a five-point lead early in Wednesday's finale that saw Most Valuable Player victor George Springer open scoring for the visitors.

The win was a welcome spot of joy for the Texas city, which is still reeling from the ravages of Hurricane Harvey in August.

It was a seemingly ridiculous prediction given they'd lost almost twice as many games (358) as they'd won (187) since the start of the 2011 season.

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