Astros vs Nationals Live : The Houston Astros host the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday. The Astros beat the Rays in the ALDS, and advanced to the World Series with a win over the Yankees in the ALCS. Meanwhile, the Nationals had a longer path to the Fall Classic. Washington beat the Brewers in the NL Wild Card Game, got past the top-seeded Dodgers in five games in the NLDS and then won the pennant with a four-game sweep over the Cardinals in the NLCS. The Nationals come into Game 1 on six days of rest, while the Astros will be on just two days of rest.
The Nationals, who finished their regular season at 93-69, were 19-31 and in fourth place in the NL East after the first 50 games of the 2019 season. Since May 24 (including the postseason), the Nationals had the best record in baseball at 82-40. The Astros sit second at 81-41.
Washington will be competing in its first World Series in the 51-year history of the franchise. The Astros, who set a franchise record for wins (107-55) during the regular season, are aiming for their second World Series title in three seasons. Here’s how the AL champion Astros built their roster. And how the NL champion Nationals built their roster.
The 115th World Series gets underway on Tuesday, with the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals fighting for baseball’s ultimate prize.
Houston is in the Fall Classic for the second time in third years, having won it all in 2017, while Washington is playing in the World Series for the first time in franchise history.
The best-of-seven series showcases two of Major League Baseball’s best rotations, with a combined five Cy Young awards among the probable starting pitchers.
Houston hosts Games 1 and 2 at Minute Maid Park, before the series heads to Nationals Park in the nation’s capital for Games 3-5.
Right-hander Gerrit Cole (20-5, 2.50 ERA) gets the start for the Astros. The Cy Young favorite is 3-0 in this postseason, giving up just one earned run in 22 ⅔ innings for a 0.40 ERA. Cole hasn’t lost in his last 25 starts, dating back to the middle of May.
The Nationals counter with 35-year-old Max Scherzer (11-7, 2.92 ERA), pitching in the World Series for the second time in his career. Scherzer has been great in the postseason this year, posting a 1.80 ERA in 20 innings.