2019 World Series Preview: Washington Nationals vs Houston Astros
The stage is set for the 2019 World Series. The Houston Astros are back to the Fall Classic a year after winning it all. There, they’ll be facing the Washington Nationals, who had to go through the Wild Card round, beat the favorites in the National League the Los Angeles Dodgers, and take down the St. Louis Cardinals before reaching this point of the postseason.
The Astros are a deep team that’s stacked with talent from top to bottom, while the Nationals are being carried by an incredible pitching rotation. Nitrogen Sports Blog breaks down the Washington Nationals vs. Houston Astros 2019 World Series matchup below.
Nationals vs Astros 2019 World Series Betting Preview
Game 1: Nationals at Astros, 8 PM EST (Minute Maid Park, Houston)
Game 2: Nationals at Astros , 8 PM EST (Minute Maid Park, Houston)
Game 3: Astros at Nationals, 8 PM EST (Nationals Park, Washington, DC)
Game 4: Astros at Nationals, 8 PM EST (Nationals Park, Washington, DC)
*Game 5: Astros at Nationals, 8 PM EST (Nationals Park, Washington, DC)
*Game 6: Nationals at Astros, 8 PM EST (Minute Maid Park, Houston)
*Game 7: Nationals at Astros, 8 PM EST (Minute Maid Park, Houston)
What to know about the Washington Nationals
Pitching: If it weren’t for their pitching, the Nationals would not have made it this far. Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburgh have been formed the backbone of Washington’s pitching staff that had a 2.90 ERA in the postseason — third best in the majors heading into the 2019 World Series.
Scherzer will get the ball in Game 1. He had a scintillating performance in his last start, allowing zero runs and just a hit while striking out 11 in 7.0 innings of a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLCS. Strasburg will take the mound in Game 2 of the 2019 World Series, and he, too, was fantastic in his lone start in the NLCS, fanning 12 hitters and holding down the Cardinals scoreless for seven innings in Game 2.
The third man on the Nats’ rotation is Patrick Corbin, who’s been shaky this postseason. He’s allowed 11 earned runs in 13.1 innings in the postseason thus far.
Hitting: Veteran third baseman Howie Kendrick has defied his age in this postseason. In the NLCS, he went 5 for 15 with four doubles and four RBIs to go with two walks.
He was named the 2019 NLCS MVP for his performance in the series, but others like Anthony Rendon and Trea Turner all stepped up and did well at the plate. Rendon is hitting .375 in the postseason, while Turner is batting .286.
What to know about the Houston Astros
Pitching: Everyone is familiar with the Astros’ three-headed pitching monster consisted of Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, and Zack Greinke. Cole has been nearly untouchable in the postseason. He’s allowed just an earned run and 10 hits in 22.2 innings since the end of the regular season.
He’s the unquestioned starter for the Astros in Game 1 of the 2019 World Series followed by Verlander and Greinke. Of the three, Greinke gives Astros fans the most anxiety. Greinke is 0-2 in three starts with a 6.43 ERA in three starts this postseason.
Hitting: It was only fitting for Jose Altuve to be the one who hit the walk-off home run in Game 6 of the ALCS against the New York Yankees that sent Houston to the World Series again. Altuve has been the best hitter for the Astros in the postseason, as he is hitting .349 with five homers and eight RBIs in the Astros’ last 11 games.
The pair of Carlos Correa and George Springer has also delivered timely homers for the Astros, though, neither of them are batting better than .171 this postseason.