The Houston Astros are trying to win their second World Series in three seasons, while the Washington Nationals - in their first Fall Classic in franchise history - will attempt to complete one of the most improbable comebacks in baseball, becoming the fourth team in MLB history to reach the World Series after being 12 games under.500 during the season.
"It's huge. (The club) waited a long time to get to this position". Verlander became the first pitcher in Major League history to lose his first five starts in the World Series. So as you can see, it can be done, and if anyone can do it, it's the 2019 Astros team that won 107 games this year. There is something to be said for momentum.
Astros in six. The Astros' lineup is better, pitching is nearly the same but hitting always comes through more in the postseason because they juice the ball. Springer connected off Tanner Rainey for his 14th career postseason home run before Hudson fanned Alvarez on three pitches.
The 1943 Series, from September 21 through October 5, deserves its own novel: the Grays hosted the Birmingham Black Barons in games one and three at Griffith.
At a sober postgame news conference, Astros manager AJ Hinch acknowledged it was not the opener he had expected. "So when it happens it is a surprise to all of us". These pitching staffs will inevitably give up runs no matter how incredible they are especially in the starting rotations. Yes, everyone loves an underdog - although a Nationals win really wouldn't be that shocking - but there are other factors at play.
Washington, the National League champions, took the lead for good in the top of the fifth inning on a single by third baseman Adam Eaton that scored Kurt Suzuki, who had opened the inning with a walk, making the score 3-2. Victor Robles followed with a single.
Soto got the pitch and then sent it over the train tracks in LEFT FIELD.
The whistle blows endlessly each time the host Astros hit a house run, which in current seasons generally is a common prevalence.
Soto is the fourth-youngest player to homer in the World Series, following Andruw Jones, Miguel Cabrera, and Mickey Mantle.
"These guys think they're pretty good, and they think they can beat anybody".
Soto's lefthanded power and youthful energy is strikingly similar to what Rafael Devers did for the Red Sox this season.
"He can't even drink legally until Friday", Nationals hitting coach Kevin Long said.
"In the first at bat, I'm not going to lie, I felt a little bit shaky in my legs, but I just tried to control my emotions and hit the ball", Soto said.
Cole and Verlander ended the regular season with 20 and 21 wins, respectively, along with 326 and 300 strikeouts.
With his team up, 5-2, and Minute Maid Park quiet, Martinez found the right combination to hold on.
Last night's game started out with the two opposing pitching stars, Justin Verlander and Stephen Strasburg, each giving up two runs in the first inning. That the Nationals had six days off after winning the National League pennant made that an easier decision.
"After the first at bat I just said it's just another baseball game". We warn you now - be careful not to overuse them because eventually, the Astros will take advantage.
Strasburg, 4-0 this postseason, allowed two runs in the first inning on Wednesday night, but didn't allow another run.
Left-handed closing reliever Sean Doolittle forced the last four outs as Washington jumped ahead 1-0 in Major League Baseball's best-of-seven championship final, which continues Wednesday in Houston. The Nationals went under the radar, they stayed atop the Wild Card standings for most of the late summer, and the Atlanta Braves ultimately won the NL East crown. A group that started its season 19-31 is now three wins away from successful the primary championship in Nationals/Montreal Expos historical past.