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Sport Three takeaways from Nationals' Game 1 World Series win over Astros

07:30  23 october  2019
07:30  23 october  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Taking that into account, Alex Bregman cannot make the mistake he made in the fifth inning of Game 1 . And let's make this clear, yes, Aaron Judge Coming into Game 1 Tanaka had a 2.00 ERA (four runs in 18 innings) in three career playoff starts vs. the Astros . He had given up just two runs over

Houston doesn't like Game 1 of the World Series.

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The Astros moved to 0-3 all-time in the first game of the Fall Classic after a 5-4 loss to the Nationals on Tuesday.

BOX SCORE: NATIONALS 5, ASTROS 4

Juan Soto went 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs to lead the Nationals to the win while Astros starter Gerrit Cole lost his first start since May giving up five runs in seven innings pitched.

Game 2 is Wednesday.

Three takeaways from Nationals' Game 1 World Series win over Astros

This series is about hitting, not pitching

As much talk as will inevitably surround the pitching in this series there is a simple fact that cannot be ignored and it was summed up nicely by Jonah Hill in "Moneyball."

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Here are three takeaways from Houston's win : The Astros found their bats. New York outhit Houston 13-3 in Game 1 , but the Astros did Justin Verlander got drilled by the Rays on three days rest in the American League Division Series last week. After urging the team to let him start against Tampa Bay

Here are three takeaways from the Dodgers' Game 1 win over the Astros : 1 . Kershaw's postseason woes are a thing of the past — Kershaw is now 3-0 in this Kershaw joined former Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe as the only pitchers in World Series history to strike out 11 batters without a walk.

"Your goal shouldn't be to buy players, your goal should be to buy wins. And in order to buy wins, you need to buy runs."

Yes, this movie had flaws like failing to mention Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder or Barry Zito, but this simple line is very important. You have to score runs to win games. These pitching staffs will inevitably give up runs no matter how amazing they are especially in the starting rotations. What this series is about is who can score more runs off of those stud pitchers. Who can hit better with runners in scoring position? Who can put up crooked numbers?

In Game 1 that was the Nationals. They were able to put up a three-spot in the fifth inning on Astros starter Gerrit Cole and this put Houston behind the eight-ball the rest of the day. And another note here was the Astros once again struggled to hit with runners in scoring position. After going 14 for 70 with runners in scoring position in the American League playoffs, the Astros again struggled, going 3 for 12 leaving a runner on second in the first inning, second and third in the third inning, first and second in the fourth and the bases loaded in the seventh.

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After the Dodgers were able to get to Astros starter Justin Verlander to earn a 3- 1 Game 6 win over the Astros on Tuesday, this series is now tied at three games apiece. In a series that has had everything from pitchers' duels to slugfests, it all comes down to one game Wednesday in Los Angeles.

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The Nationals won the run-producing game Tuesday, now we'll see who wins it going forward.

Max Scherzer struggled but excelled

Looking at Max Scherzer's line, it's not great. He only pitched five innings, gave up five hits and walked three, but the three-time Cy Young Award winner did exactly what he needed to do.

His game started poorly giving up two runs on a double by Yuli Gurriel in the first inning, but he stopped the bleeding. Things could have gotten out of control. He threw around 70 percent of his pitches from the stretch as the Astros were constantly threatening to score a run. But he battled. He fought tooth and nail to keep the score where it was and that was enough to hand the ball over to the bullpen with a 5-2 lead.

Scherzer may not have been at his best, but his grittiest was more than good enough.

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Beware the bullpen usage

This is MLB now. Teams go to their bullpens early and in the playoffs, they use their starters as relievers. But we're warning the Nationals right now — do not overuse your pitchers this series.

First of all, the Astros lost the first game of the World Series in 2017 and won it all then. In this year's American League Championship Series, Houston lost Game 1 and won four of the next five. A big reason in both of those series was the overuse of the Dodgers and Yankees bullpens. Houston struggled with Brandon Morrow, Kenta Maeda, and Kenley Jansen early. It lit all three up later.

In the ALCS this year, Houston couldn't hit Tommy Kahnle and Aroldis Chapman early. It dominated them late to win the series.

Now, this worked for the Nationals in the National League playoffs. This is absolutely undeniable. But that was a five-game series and a four-game sweep. This is a seven-gamer. As much as a team wants a sweep at all costs, coming away with one against a 107-win team will be difficult. This bullpen, and starters who are brought on in relief will be extremely taxed if this is how Washington is going to use its pitchers. We warn you now — be careful not to overuse them because eventually, the Astros will take advantage.

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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.

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.

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