World Series 2019 Live:One The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League champion team and the National League champion team. National League champions after an impressive post-season. The Astros clinched the American League championship by beating the New York Yankees on Saturday to win their second pennant in the past three years.
The World Series will begin Tuesday night, as the Houston Astros host the Washington Nationals. The first pitch will be thrown at 8:08 p.m. ET, in a series between clubs that can each boast of having three aces.
The Astros clinched the American League championship by beating the New York Yankees on Saturday to win their second pennant in the past three years. Now they’re hoping to win their second World Series and cement themselves as one of the best teams of the decade.
2019 World Series Schedule
Game 1, Oct. 22: Nationals at Astros, 8:08 p.m. For tickets to this game, go to StubHub.
Game 2, Oct. 23: Nationals at Astros, 8:07 p.m.
Game 3, Oct. 25: Astros at Nationals, 8:07 p.m.
Game 4, Oct. 26: Astros at Nationals, 8:07 p.m.
Game 5, Oct. 27*: Astros at Nationals, 8:07 p.m.
Game 6, Oct. 29*: Nationals at Astros, 8:07 p.m.
Game 7, Oct. 30*: Nationals at Astros, 8:08 p.m.
Note: Games 5-7 if necessary. All games on Fox, and all times ET.
For the Nationals, the matchup is historic, marking the first time the team has reached the World Series. The last time Washington, D.C., sent a team to the World Series was in 1933, when the Washington Senators lost in five games to the New York Giants.
Game 1 Prediction
Off the bat, the Nationals are steeling themselves against some long odds from Vegas. In fact, according to SportsOddsHistory.com, the Astros, at minus-235, are the biggest World Series favorites since 2007.
It’s no surprise they are odds darlings heading into this year’s Fall Classic. They’re coming off a season that saw them set a franchise record for wins (107-55) and get over the 100 mark for the third straight year.Houston gets home-field advantage in the series. And Minute Maid Park has been good to the Astros; they have gone 5-1 at home through the postseason.
Then there’s the starting pitching—on both sides. But we’ll start with Houston. Gerrit Cole, who has gone 19-0 in his last 25 starts, will take the mound in Game 1.
The Nationals swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series, giving them six days of rest compared with Houston’s two. Houston is entering the series as heavy favorites, after winning a league-best 107 games this season.
Both teams bring elite starting pitching to this series. Fronting the Houston rotation is Gerrit Cole, who is 3-0 with a 0.40 ERA this postseason. Washington will counter in Game 1 with ace Max Scherzer, who is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in the postseason. And when the Astros tap starters Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke, the Nationals will answer with Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin or Aníbal Sánchez .
The Nationals made their climb to the Fall Classic after starting the season with a horrible 19-31 record, beset by injuries and a shaky bullpen. In February, the Nationals lost star outfielder Bryce Harper after he agreed to a record-breaking 13-year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.
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By most accounts, the Nationals were not supposed to get this far. After losing Bryce Harper, one of the league’s best and most marketable players, to the Philadelphia Phillies during the off-season, a record of 19 wins and 31 defeats in May left manager Dave Martinez on the cusp of losing his job. Now, after earning themselves a wildcard spot, toppling the Los Angeles Dodgers and steamrolling the St Louis Cardinals, the Nationals are on the brink of one of the more unlikely title triumphs.
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One team is looking for its second World Series win in three years. The other is looking for its first title in franchise history.
The Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals, imbued with a narrative of budding dynasty versus hopeful first-timer, will face off in Game 1 of the 2019 World Series on Tuesday.
Future Hall of Famer Justin Verlander gets the start for the Astros in Game 2. Zach Greinke, also bound for the Hall, will start Game 3.
Just how deadly has that group been? Per ESPN Stats & Information, Houston’s starters struck out 28.9 percent of the batters they faced in the regular season, good for the highest rate in MLB history.
But the Nationals’ starters are, of course, nothing to sneeze at.
Max Scherzer will start Game 1. Another hurler no doubt headed for the Hall of Fame. Ace Stephen Strasburg is up for Game 2. And Patrick Corbin gets the nod in Game 3.
If you love aces, this is the World Series for you. And we start off hot Tuesday night with the right-hander Cole and Scherzer. The former has a 0.40 ERA and 32 strikeouts in three starts this postseason. The latter boasts Cy Young wins in 2016 and 2017.
Given the Nationals are coming off an extended rest, combined with the Astros’ charmed performance at Minute Maid Park this postseason, we’ll give Houston the nod for Game 1.
But with the pitching starpower both these teams possess, we’ll be hoping this series goes seven games to see as much of it as possible.