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World Series Game 5 Thread. October 27th, 2019. Astros vs Nationals

it’s knotted up 2-2. Can the Nats stop the Cole Train? Join the discussion.

MLB: World Series-Houston Astros at Washington Nationals Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Big news! Max Scherzer will not pitch tonight for the Nationals, complaining of back pains. So tonight’s pitching matchup is between Joe Ross and the Houston ace, Gerrit Cole.

Lineups below, per

Astros: Hinch started designated hitter Yordan Alvarez in left field for Game 5, keeping Josh Reddick on the bench for the second game in a row, with Michael Brantley sliding to right field and George Springer to center. Martín Maldonado will catch Cole despite Robinson Chirinos hitting homers in consecutive games.

1) George Springer, CF

2) José Altuve, 2B

3) Michael Brantley, RF

4) Alex Bregman, 3B

5) Yuli Gurriel, 1B

6) Yordan Alvarez, LF

7) Carlos Correa, SS

8) Martín Maldonado, C

9) Gerrit Cole, P

Nationals: The offense has gone quiet the past two games, a product of being unable to cash in their chances with runners in scoring position. They have been held to one run in back-to-back games, just the second time all season they’ve been held to one run or fewer in consecutive games (Sept. 13-14).

1) Trea Turner, SS

2) Adam Eaton, RF

3) Anthony Rendon, 3B

4) Juan Soto, LF

5) Howie Kendrick, 2B

6) Ryan Zimmerman, 1B

7) Victor Robles, CF

8) Yan Gomes, C

9) Joe Ross, P

Game 5 : Sunday, October 27th @ 7:07 pm CDT

Listen: Astros - KBME 790 AM/94.5 FM HD-2, La Ranchera 850 AM, ESPN Radio / Nationals - 106.7 The Fan, ESPN Radio