Well, this is it! The grand finale. The winner-take-all, best-of-seven series to see who walks away with the Commissioner’s Trophy and a World Series banner. After a tough battle in the ALCS and a not-so-tough battle in the NLCS, it’ll be the Houston Astros taking on the Washington Nationals for all the marbles! The World Series begins on Tuesday, October 22nd with Game 1 at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
You can watch all the games on TV obviously, but if your team is vying for the MLB’s biggest title, get tickets to go see them make history! This is a bucket list event, and just catching one game of the World Series is a big deal!
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How It All Came To Be
On Saturday night, the Astros clinched the ALCS when Jose Altuve hit a walk-off home run in the ninth inning with two outs, scoring two runs for his team and bringing home the pennant for the second time in three years. The five-foot-six Venezuelan has been on the team longer than anybody, so it was the perfect way to send the Astros to the World Series. The epic moment came after a blown lead against Yankees’ pitcher Aroldis Chapman, one of the best closers in the MLB. And Altuve, the 2017 MVP, is destined to be an important figure in the final and most important MLB games of the year.
Now this 107-win team has got home-field advantage for the World Series. And the Astros are really good at home too – we’re talkin’ 60-21 in Houston during the regular season. They’ll certainly be gunning for a repeat of their 2017 World Series victory.
The Washington Nationals, on the other hand, will be making their first World Series appearance in franchise history (and in 51 seasons no less). Unlike the division-winning and AL-leading Astros, this Wild Card team had to rally to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers and then upset the dominant Los Angeles Dodgers by winning the final two games of the NLDS to make it all the way here. Their strong pitching rotation – including aces like Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer – was and will be an essential piece of their success. By the time they made it to the NLCS, they were able to handily defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0.
It’s the first time the World Series has been in DC in 86 years, and, win or lose, it’s going to be an emotional ride for Nationals fans. With 93 wins themselves, the Nationals won’t go down easy. Some are worried that six days of rest before Game 1 of the series will be too much for them – will their batting suffer? Can they stand up to the likes of Gerritt Cole, Justin Verlander, and Zack Greinke who are set to take the mound (in that order) starting at home in Houston? Guess we’ll have to wait and see!
2019 World Series Odds
Needless to say, the Houston Astros are heavy favorites to win the World Series this year. However, history and stats tend to say otherwise. The team coming into the Series with the better record often loses the big shebang. Since 1969, the better regular season team has a record of 23-24 in the World Series, and teams with an edge of 10 or more games have gone 7-8. Surprising right? Let’s just say the Astros shouldn’t get too comfortable or underestimate their opponents.
Still, here’s what the oddsmakers say…
Current World Series Odds via CBS Sports as of October 21st:
Houston Astros: -235
Washington Nationals: +195
Schedule of Games
Check out the full schedule of games, dates, and locations below. If you’ll be tuning in from the couch, you can watch all the games on Fox.
|Oct. 22||Washington at Houston||8PM||Minute Maid Park|
|Oct. 23||Washington at Houston||8PM||Minute Maid Park|
|Oct. 25||Houston at Washington||8PM||Nationals Park|
|Oct. 26||Houston at Washington||8PM||Nationals Park|
|Oct. 27||*Houston at Washington||8PM||Nationals Park|
|Oct. 29||*Washington at Houston||8PM||Minute Maid Park|
|Oct. 30||*Washington at Houston||8PM||Minute Maid Park|
Is it Tuesday yet? We can’t wait. Will you be getting in on the World Series action?
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