Somehow we knew it would come to this. The Astros belong in the World Series. October 22nd, 2019 This day has been circled on the calendar of all true Astros fans.
Got here beating the Yankees. Couldn’t be sweeter.
The worthy National League opponent is is a bit more of a surprise. The Washington Nationals let their superstar outfielder, Bryce Harper, walk last winter, and for the first time in ages, the Nats won a playoff series. First they upset the NL favorite Dodgers, and then they clobbered the Cardinals in four games.
The Nationals come into Minute Maid Park brimming with confidence and red-hot.
The Astros, on the other hand, struggled through their American League gauntlet, and hope to rediscover the bats they made their offense the most feared in baseball in 2019.
These two teams both feature about the two best trios of starting pitching in baseball. It’s best against best; Gerrit Cole for the Astros and Max Scherzer, probable Hall of Famer, for the Nationals.
Here’s Scherzer’s stats.
Postseason stats: 2-0...1.80 ERA...20 IP.....27 Ks....0.85 WHIP
2019 stats.............11-7...3.20 ERA...172.1 IP..243 Ks..1.03 WHIP
Here’s Cole’s stats
Postseason stats: 3-0....0.30 ERA....22.2 IP......0.79 WHIP
2019 stats.............20-5...2.50 ERA...212.1 IP......0.89 WHIP
One roster change for the Astros; Chris Devenski replaces Bryan Abreu in the bullpen.
Here’s the Astros lineup and media access information