MLB predictions for the 2023 season, World Series

Welcome to 2023, a joyful year when it comes to math and baseball. The number 2023 is a Harshad number, a term from Sanskrit that means “joy-giver.” A Harshad number is any number that is divisible by the sum of its digits (2 + 0 + 2 + 3 = 7; 2023 / 7 = 289). This is the first time since 2000 and ’01 that we get back-to-back years with Harshad numbers. With two more to follow, it is the first four-year Harshad run since 1014 to ’17—not even Rich Hill was pitching in the High Middle Ages—and the last until 3030 to ’33.

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