As we approach the final World Series of the 2010's *** :( *** I'm still getting used to this whole Houston Astros are the class of the AMERICAN LEAGUE thing. I know they've been in the AL since 2014, but I'm a Rhode Islander. I still call a Rite Aid, that is now a Walgreens "Brooks".
I'm just saying these things take time! It's just strange to see the 'Stros as an AL powerhouse. It's like if the Dolphins became 2x NFC champs.
For the second time in three years those American League Houston Astros are representing the junior circuit in the Fall Classic. In 2017 they defeated the Dodgers in 7.
Taking on the tall task of facing off against the Astros and their vaunted pitching staff is the Washington Nationals and their vaunted pitching staff. They also have a history (now) of beating the Dodgers.
The two clubs have the most expensive (and well-decorated) tops of their rotation in Major League Baseball.
The Nationals 2019 story is as 18 year olds with no brain say "a movie".
After losing franchise icon Bryce Harper in free agency to division rival Philadelphia it looked as if the Nationals were going to be in the bottom of the National League in 2019. After a less than ideal start through 50 games the Washington Nationals and Detroit Tigers were both 19-31. One ended up in the World Series, the other won less than 50 games.
As for the rosters of the two clubs... it appears we already have a formatting war on our hands! Positional breakdown vs. hitters and pitchers. WHO YA GOT??
In a day in age where we are eliminating dare I say too many labels I prefer the Nats set-up. S/o to the Stros though for saying men instead of people.
The Astros have the clear edge in experience. Eight players on their World Series roster already own Astros World Series rings from 2017. Okay sure, twist my arm, I'll list them. Correa, Bregman, Springer, Gurriel, Altuve, Verlander, Harris and Peacock.
The Washington Nationals (Montreal Expos) have the oldest roster (average age 31.1) in baseball while also having a mix of young, exciting talent. Looking at you Juan and Trey. They also have a Yan because why not? Fuck Bobs, right? That being said this franchise has never appeared in the World Series and up until 2019 never even won a playoff series (while in D.C.) . The Nats also happen to be 7-0 in their navy blues; so everything else is null and void until further notice.
Here are few baseball tidbits as we get closer and closer to first pitch.
-Teams with home field advantage in the World Series are 13-6 since 2000.
-The Astros won 107 regular season games; Nationals won 93.
-Bryce Harper is not on the Nationals anymore.
-The Nationals swept the NLCS. Since 2000 teams that swept their LCS are 0-5 in the World Series.
-The Houston Astros would be playing in their 3rd straight World Series if it they didn't lose four straight
ALCS games to the Boston Red Sox in 2018; the last three of which were played in Houston.
-Juan Soto turns 21 years old on October 25th. He has not been legally allowed to drink throughout the Nats postseason run.
-The Houston Astros were originally called The Houston Colt 45's from 1962-1964.
-The Washington Nationals were originally called the Montreal Expos from 1969-2004 and if it wasn't for the 1994 players strike they likely are still there today.
-Ryan Zimmerman is the first draft pick in Nationals history.
-AstroTurf was first introduced in 1964.
-As of 2019 the Washington Nationals do not have a playing surface named after them.
-Washington, D.C. has not hosted a World Series game since 1925.
-Bubble gum was invented in 1928 by Walter Diemer.
-Gerrit Cole has not lost a start since May 22nd, 2019 (his 11th start of the season)
-He's 3-0 with a 0.40 ERA in the playoffs and starting game one.
-The Nationals have 6 days rest since winning the NLCS; The Astros have 2.
-The first night World Series game wasn't played until 1971.
-In 1973 Yankee pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich traded families during Spring Training.
-Justin Verlander is 0-4 with a 5.67 ERA in 5 career World Series starts.
-The team with the worse regular season record is 25-24-1 in the last 50 World Series (2013 both teams were 97-65)
-Jose Altuve can walk until a coffee table
-Since 2000 wild card teams have won the World Series five times; 2002 Angels, 2003 Marlins, 2004 Red Sox, 2011 Cardinals, 2014 Giants.
-During the 2010's the New York Yankees went 0-4 in the ALCS and missed the World Series for entire decade for the first time since the 1910's.
-Houston's Justin Verlander, Washington's Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez were all members of the 2013 Detroit Tigers starting rotation.
-David Ortiz hit .688 in the 2013 World Series after the Boston Red Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers in the 2013 ALCS.
-Nationals player Gerrado Parra is one of only two players in MLB to wear #88 in 2019 (Indians pitcher Phil Maton is the other)
-And lastly this
On paper the Houston Astros should win this series in no less than five games. I mean they are a fucking juggernaut; Cole and Verlander are the closest thing we've seen to 2001 Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. 107 wins. 2017 World Series champs. Monster line-up. Multiple future Hall of Famers.
âThe Nationals do not have history on their side. Like I said in my baseball tidbit section not too long ago teams that swept their LCS are 0-5 in the World Series since 2000. When it comes to rest vs. rust it seems like anything over 3 days turns into rust. I also am a huge roulette guy so it could be time that this red turns black. I do think this Nats team is more 2014 Royals than 2007 Rockies, but this will be an uphill battle.
If you like starting pitching than this is the series for you. I for one am pumped to see the two teams with fantastic rotations still playing opposed to these bullpen teams. Shows baseball in October is still about the big horse and man oh man do these teams have horses. Max Scherzer technically has dogs; dogs with heterochromia iridum just like him. What a fucking stud. Anybody can pick the favorite. NATITUDE IS BACK BABY!!! WHO CARES ABOUT THEIR GROSS BULLPEN?!
NATS IN 7!!!!!!!
MVP: MAX SCHERZER