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06:30  21 october  2019
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Three takeaways from Nationals' Game 2 World Series win over the Astros

  Three takeaways from Nationals' Game 2 World Series win over the Astros The Nationals head home to D.C. up 2-0 in the World Series after their 12-3 win over the Astros in Game 2.The first inning saw both teams plate two runs each as Houston's Justin Verlander and Washington's Stephen Strasburg faltered slightly very early in the game. After that, it was the pitchers' duel many expected for the next several innings.

The 2018 World Series will feature a showdown between two of baseball’s most historic franchises As the Dodgers and Red Sox head into the 2018 World Series , these are the burning questions Well, every World Series champ from the 2009 New York Yankees to the 2017 Houston Astros (both

The 2018 World Series will feature a showdown between two of baseball’s most historic franchises: the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox. As the Dodgers and Red Sox head into the 2018 World Series , these are the burning questions that will need to be answered.

After a thrilling MLB season that started back on March 28, we’ve finally arrived at the pinnacle of America’s pastime. The 2019 World Series is here and it promises to be an outstanding clash between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros.

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It seems unbelievable that Washington made it here. From a 19-31 record on May 24 with manager Dave Martinez’s job on the line to a rapid transformation that led to an NL pennant. Now the Nationals sit four games shy of winning their first World Series.

Of course, the Astros stand in their way. Houston entered the postseason as the favorite to win it all and are now in position courtesy of a game-winning home run by José Altuve.

Here's what history says about Astros' chances of World Series comeback against Nationals

  Here's what history says about Astros' chances of World Series comeback against Nationals According to, teams that have gone down 0-2 at home in the 2-3-2 format have won the World Series three of 25 times. Game 3 at Nats is Friday.History says “not very.

The 2018 World Series will feature a showdown between two of baseball’s most historic franchises: the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox. As the Dodgers and Red Sox head into the 2018 World Series , these are the burning questions that will need to be answered.

The Astros are playing in their second World Series in three seasons When the Nationals host Game 3 on Friday, it will be the first World Series game in the nation 's The end points are arbitrary, but we're talking about a large swath of the schedule: After the Nationals ' low-water point of 12

This year’s World Series will be a clash between two all-time playoff rotations. Future Hall of Famers will go toe-to-toe on the mound with a shot to add a championship to their resumes.

Now let’s take a look at the 12 burning questions that will capture this series, define legacies and ultimately dictate who will be the World Series champion.

Will Howie Kendrick keep the postseason heroics going?

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A team that everyone slept on coming into the postseason made it this far with an incredible run by a player many forgot about. Kendrick’s epic grand slam won the NLDS and then he won the NLCS MVP in Washington’s sweep. He’ll face tougher pitching in the World Series. However, he could be on one of those unstoppable hot streaks that everyone will remember from a championship run for years to come.

Astros bounce back to take Game 3 vs. Nationals

  Astros bounce back to take Game 3 vs. Nationals Jose Altuve doubled twice and scored both times, Zack Greinke repeatedly worked out of trouble, and the Houston Astros showed they were not going to go quietly, beating the Nationals 4-1 to cut their deficit to 2-1 in the best-of-seven Fall Classic. © AP Photo/Patrick SemanskyBOX SCORE: ASTROS 4, NATIONALS 1Houston can even things in Game 4 on Saturday night at Nationals Park. Washington will start $140 million lefty Patrick Corbin, while Houston manager A.J. Hinch declined to reveal his pitching plan when asked about it before Game 3.

2019 world series rosters: houston astros vs. washington nationals . The Houston Astros have 12 former college baseball players on its roster, including six key contributors who were active for the 2019 ALCS. They also both happen to be in the Astros ' starting rotation.

The World Series is upon us and it looks to be an exciting matchup. We've got two teams full of fun players to watch. The Astros are looking to kickstart Some might disagree, but in going back through the playoff rotations of all the World Series teams in the divisional era (after the 1994 strike), this is

Can George Springer return to “Mr. October” form

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A leadoff hitter sets the tone for the entire lineup. That’s what makes Springer so pivotal in this series. He’ll enter Tuesday with a .152/.235/.283 slash line in 46 at-bats. He’s is the same player, though, who posted a 1.286 OPS in the 2018 postseason and won World Series MVP in 2017. Runs will be at a premium this series, so Springer could easily decide who celebrates when it’s all over.

Will Max Scherzer shine in a career-defining moment?

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Scherzer will take the mound for Game 1 with a future spot in Cooperstown guaranteed. This series gives him a chance to put his name among the game’s all-time greats and to be a hero in Washington for life. We’ve seen Scherzer turn it up in October with one run allowed and 18 strikeouts across 14 innings in his past two starts. If he keeps it going and the Nationals win their first World Series, it’ll be an all-time moment that earns Scherzer a statue at Nationals Park.

Astros pound Nats 8-1, even World Series

  Astros pound Nats 8-1, even World Series Astros win Game 4 vs. Nats, even World Series 2-2Alex Bregman busted out of his slump with a go-ahead single in the first inning and grand slam in the seventh, and the resurgent Astros routed the Nationals 8-1 on Saturday night.

The Houston Astros will face the Washington Nationals in this year's Fall Classic, and Game 1 is just two days away. The Astros won Game 6 of the ALCS against the Yankees in walk-off fashion as Jose Altuve lifted Houston with a two-run homer on Saturday night.

SportsPulse: The Houston Astros are returning to the World Series for the second time in three years after defeating the Yankees, but must go through a red-hot Nationals team if they want to hoist the trophy. USA TODAY.

Which version of Zack Greinke will we see?

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In a series that could potentially see five pitchers elected to Cooperstown one day, Greinke is the biggest question mark. After allowing six runs in his lone ALDS start, Greinke surrendered 10 hits and four walks in two ALCS outings. We’ve routinely seen him struggle in October, demonstrated by his 4.44 ERA in 81 career innings, but everyone knows he’s capable of greatness. Greinke discovering his best could give Houston everything it needs to win a title, but anything else puts that in jeopardy.

Can the Nationals trust their bullpen?

Washington’s reliance on its top pitchers was all it needed in the NLCS. Sean Doolittle and Daniel Hudson shut things down in the first two games and the Nationals dominated the final two. It will be a different story in the World Series. Houston’s lineup is vastly better than the St. Louis Cardinals and that means Washington faces tighter situations after the sixth inning. There will be moments in this series when the Nationals need their middle relievers in crucial moments. Given their lack of exposure this October, that could be a problem.

Cole pitches Astros to 3-2 Series lead over Nats

  Cole pitches Astros to 3-2 Series lead over Nats The Houston Astros handed the ball to Gerrit Cole, and he gave them a firm grip on the World Series. © Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters The Astros' starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) pitches during the sixth inning against the Nationals in game five of the World Series on Oct. 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. Cole looked exactly like the stud who dominated baseball most of this season, bouncing back from a Game 1 clunker to pitch the Astros to a 7-1 win Sunday night and a 3-2 lead.BOX SCORE: ASTROS 7, NATIONALS 1Minus ailing ace Max Scherzer, the Nationals were no match in this Washington wipeout.

Welcome to the World Series . • Buy World Series gear: Nationals | Astros . When is the game and how can I watch it? Game 1 will be on Tuesday at 8 p.m All World Series games will be available to MLB.TV subscribers who are authenticated subscribers to FOX through a participating pay TV provider.

The Astros chose to go without a lefty on their staff for this series , owing to the overwhelming right-handedness of the Yankees’ lineup, and Jose Urquidy’s excellent change-up, which helped him hold lefties to a .530 on-base-plus-slugging percentage this season, was one reason. It was Urquidy who in

Where did the phenom version of Yordan Álvarez go?

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Álvarez became baseball’s breakout star the moment he reached the majors in June. Houston’s slugger hit 27 home runs with a 1.067 OPS and 78 RBI in only 313 at-bats. October came and his bat suddenly froze with a .171 batting average, .471 OPS and 17 strikeouts in 41 at-bats. Álvarez still offers the potential to get hot at any moment with his game-changing power. If he doesn’t, Houston might be better off when it loses the designated hitter in Washington.

Does Aníbal Sánchez maintain his playoff dominance?

Washington spent $65 million on its co-aces this year and signed No. 3 starter Patrick Corbin to a $140 million contract in the offseason. Yet, Sánchez is October’s X-factor and only makes $8 million. He nearly threw a no-hitter in Game 1 of the NLCS and heads into the World Series with five hits and one run allowed in 12.2 innings. We’ve seen Houston’s lineup struggle with off-speed pitches this offseason and that’s Sánchez’s specialty. While Sanchez won’t receive the recognition he deserves, he can be the player who decides this close series.

Will Gerrit Cole prove he’s MLB’s top pitcher?

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Cole couldn’t ask for a better year going into free agency. He elevated his game to a historic stratosphere in 2019 and that’s continued in the playoffs. After recording a 2.50 ERA with a record-breaking 39.9 percent strikeout rate in the regular season, Cole is dominating in October with a 0.40 ERA and 38.1 percent strikeout rate in 22.2 innings. He’ll take the mound in Game 1 and could push to start in Game 4 and a potential Game 7. If Cole’s historic stretch continues, he’ll win the World Series MVP and MLB’s best pitcher will be paid like it when the celebration ends.

Nationals still uncertain on Scherzer status after injection

  Nationals still uncertain on Scherzer status after injection HOUSTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals remain unsure about the health of pitcher Max Scherzer and catcher Kurt Suzuki heading into Game 6 of the World Series against Houston. Scherzer was scratched from his Game 5 start Sunday night because of nerve irritation near his neck and had a cortisone shot. Scherzer won the opener and hopes to be able to pitch in a Game 7 if the Nationals get that far. Houston won three in a row at Washington to take a 3-2 World Series lead."Hopefully he's a little bit better," manager Dave Martinez said on a conference call Monday before the Nationals traveled to Texas. "My understanding is it takes about 24 hours for this injection to really work.

Houston, which claimed the World Series title in 2017 and won 107 games this season, hosts the Nats […] The Houston Astros , baseball’s best team in the regular season, eliminated the New York Yankees in six games, setting up a World Series matchup with the Washington Nationals , who won

Astros ace Gerrit Cole was waiting to pitch a potential Game 7 on Sunday. Instead, the postseason star — undefeated since May 22 — can be lined up for Game 1 at home against the NL champion Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. Yuli Gurriel hit a three-run homer in the first inning

Can Juan Soto take his game to the next level?

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This isn’t a typical situation for a 20-year-old to be in. A majority of Soto’s peers reached Double-A ball this year. Meanwhile, Soto will be in the heart of Washington’s World Series lineup. While Soto’s bat cooled off in the NLCS with a .485 OPS, he still has seven RBI in October. We’ve seen him come through in crucial moments and now he is playing in the biggest series of his life. Soto will turn 21 on Game 3 of the World Series, putting him in position for an epic celebration if he plays to his star potential.

Who steps up in Houston’s bullpen?

This is Houston’s biggest problem. For as dominant as its starting pitching can be, the bullpen can undo it all in minutes. Closer Roberto Osuna has been shaky in save situations, including his blown save in Game 6 of the ALCS, and fellow All-Star reliever Ryan Pressly is essentially pitching on one leg.  Josh James can bring some electricity and length out of the bullpen, but his command can get erratic at the worst times. The Astros need all three of them to bring their best stuff right now, or Washington’s penchant for late-inning magic will crush them.

Is too much rest a bad thing?

The Nationals weren’t complaining following the NLCS sweep and nearly a week off to celebrate and prepare for this series. It’s still difficult to look past the risk too much rest can have on a team. They will have gone six days without competing in a playoff atmosphere. Furthermore, Washington hasn’t played a championship-caliber opponent since the NLDS. There’s plenty of talent on the roster, but rust could result in a slow start and that’s even more dangerous without home-field advantage.

Nationals' Stephen Strasburg admits to tipping pitches in first inning of World Series Game 6

  Nationals' Stephen Strasburg admits to tipping pitches in first inning of World Series Game 6 The Nationals pitching coach noticed it, and Strasburg rectified it in the second inning.Stephen Strasburg struggled in the first inning: Alex Bregman teed off for a solo shot, while José Altuve opened the scoring with a sac fly that scored George Springer. Well, according to Strasburg following Game 6, the Astros had a little bit of help from … Strasburg himself.

The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros are just four wins away from an American League Fans will see plenty of marquee matchups in this series on both sides with Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel Ultimately, this series will come down to a few distinct elements. Here are 10 burning questions

Altuve’s blast sent the Astros to the World Series for the second time in three years where they will meet the Nationals . For the Yankees a season in which they won 103 games, captured the It’s the first time since 1910 to 1919 the Yankees went through a decade without reaching the World Series .

Who wins the 2019 World Series?

Baseball fans that love pitching duels are in for a treat. Houston and Washington come in with unprecedented playoff rotations. The 2019 World Series is even greater because both lineups have some of the game’s best, young stars. Most of the country will be rooting for the Nationals and they have the starting pitching to win their first World Series.

However, Houston comes in with the most talented team in baseball, more experience and having played tougher opponents to get here. There’s a lot in the Astros’ favor, including home-field advantage, which deservedly makes them the favorite.

Prediction: Astros in 6

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a group of military men: Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) is presented with the ALCS MVP Trophy after defeating the New York Yankees in game six of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park on October 19, 2019.

Verlander World Series loser again as Nats beat Astros 7-2 .
HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander is a true top of the line ace, a starter who's likely headed for the Hall of Fame. But in the World Series, he showed he's no closer. Verlander (1-4) wasn't bad in Game 6 on Tuesday night. Just not good enough to get his first World Series win and give the Houston Astros their second title in three seasons. Houston led by 1 in the fifth before Verlander surrendered a solo homer to Adam Eaton and a second-deck dinger to Juan Soto to put the Nationals on the way to a 7-2 victory to force a Game 7 on Wednesday night.Verlander, who led the majors with 21 wins this season, fell to 0-6 with a 5.68 ERA in seven World Series starts.

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