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Astros Will Start Justin Verlander In Game 2; Zack Greinke In Game 3

Oct 22, 2019 8:41 AM

The Houston Astros have rounded out their rotation for the first three games of the World Series.

After Gerrit Cole takes the mound in Game 1, Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke will follow.

As the Game 3 starter, Greinke will get to hit in the National League park.

He has a .225 career batting average with nine homers, including three this season for the Arizona Diamondbacks before he was traded to Houston on July 31.

Associated Press

Tags: Houston Astros, Washington Nationals

Max Scherzer, Gerrit Cole To Face Off In Game 1

Oct 22, 2019 8:36 AM

The official starters for Game 1 of the World Series will be Max Scherzer and Gerrit Cole.

Cole is on a streak of 19 straight winning decisions.

Scherzer is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 27 strikeouts in three starts and one relief appearance (20 innings) this postseason.

"I've been in the situation, faced really good pitchers here in the National League over the years: Clayton Kershaw, Jacob deGrom, those guys," Scherzer said. "You just know you've got to come out there, you're going to be throwing up zeros. And you've got to try to match the intensity from your opponent. And Cole's had a terrific year. So obviously it's going to be one heck of a challenge."

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Tags: Washington Nationals, Houston Astros

Astros Installed As Heavy World Series Favorites

Oct 20, 2019 12:33 PM

The Houston Astros have been installed as the favorites over the Washington Nationals in the World Series.

Caesars Sportsbook on Sunday opened the Astros as -235 favorites to beat the Nationals in the best-of-seven series. The Nationals are listed as +195 underdogs.

Game 1 is Tuesday in Houston.

At -235, the Astros are the largest favorites entering the World Series since the 2007 Boston Red Sox were -240 to beat the Colorado Rockies, according to Sportsoddshistory.com.


Tags: Houston Astros, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

Bryce Harper Has No Jealousy Seeing Nationals In World Series

Oct 19, 2019 2:55 PM

Even though he'll be watching from afar rather than playing, Philadelphia Phillies mega-signing Bryce Harper says there is no jealousy that his former team, the Washington Nationals, is about to make its first World Series appearance.


Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

Padres Interview Bob Henley For Managerial Position

Oct 16, 2019 9:06 AM

The San Diego Padres have conducted an interview with Bob Henley as they search for Andy Green's replacement as manager.

Henley is currently the third base coach for the Washington Nationals. He has held that position since the start of the 2014 season.

Jon Heyman/MLB Network

Tags: San Diego Padres, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

Howie Kendrick: This Is 'Best Time Of My Career'

Oct 16, 2019 8:59 AM

Howie Kendrick was named the MVP of the NLCS after helping the Washington Nationals make the World Series for the first time in 86 years.

"I can truly say this is the best time of my career, the best moment of my career this year," Kendrick said.

He has never played in the World Series during his 14-year career.

"When we were down and had a lot of players injured early on, Howie was the one big bat that carried us. He had such a magic season," Mike Rizzo said.

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Tags: Washington Nationals

Recap: Howie Kendrick Named MVP As Nationals Sweep Cardinals

Oct 16, 2019 8:51 AM

The Washington Nationals are headed to their first-ever World Series as there was little doubt about the outcome of Tuesday's Game 4 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Nationals jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first inning and hardly looked back as Howie Kendrick took home NLCS MVP honors. Patrick Corbin was good enough on the mound, allowing four runs over five innings but striking out 12 batters. The Washington bullpen allowed just one hit over the final four innings of the game.

In 10 playoff games, Kendrick is hitting .289/.341/.474 with a home run and nine RBI.

Washington sent Dakota Hudson into the dugout early, shelling him for five hits and all seven runs (four earned) in just 1/3 of an inning. Adam Wainwright stopped the bleeding and the bullpen held firm, but the damage had been done.

At one point the Nationals were 19-31 and they needed to win the National League Wild Card Game just to get into the NLDS. They are just the fourth time in Major League history to reach the World Series after being 12 games under .500.

The Astros will wait for the winner of the ALCS, but will be traveling to either Houston or New York for Games 1 and 2 of the World Series.


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Tags: Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals, Game Recap

Nationals Head To World Series With Sweep Of Cardinals

Oct 16, 2019 2:23 AM

Extending their stunning turnaround, the wild-card Nationals got RBI from middle-of-the-order stars Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto in a seven-run first inning Tuesday night, and Patrick Corbin's 12-strikeout performance plus a trio of relievers helped hold on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4 in Game 4 to complete a sweep in the NLCS.


Tags: Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals, Game Recap, Team Achievement

Rain Could Alter NLCS, ALCS Schedules

Oct 15, 2019 7:52 AM

The schedule for both the ALCS and NLCS could be altered because of heavy rain in the forecast for New York on Wednesday, according to sources.

If Game 4 between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees is a rainout, Major League Baseball is considering moving a potential Game 5 between the St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals to Wednesday night.

The NLCS game is currently scheduled to begin at 4:08 ET, but when there is only one postseason game on the schedule Major League Baseball prefers it to be in primetime.

If the rainout occurs, the Yankees and Astros would be rescheduled to play Games 4 and 5 on Thursday and Friday in New York, before returning to Houston for a potential Game 6 on Saturday.


Tags: New York Yankees, Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals

Recap: Nationals Remain Hot, Take 3-0 Lead Over Cardinals

Oct 15, 2019 7:45 AM

Stephen Strasburg went seven strong innings on Monday night as the Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-1 to take a 3-0 lead in the NLCS.

Strasburg had 12 strikeouts without a single walk. He allowed seven hits, but just one run (unearned).

When the Cardinals reached base, they went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Their greatest chance came when Jose Martinez and Yadier Molina singled to begin the seventh inning. After Tommy Edman stuck out, Paul DeJong singled to left. Martinez scored on a throwing error and Molina advanced to second. The threat ended, however, when Matt Wieters and Dexter Fowler struck out.

The Nationals broke the game open against Jack Flaherty in the third. Adam Eaton had an RBI single, Anthony Rendon recorded an RBI double and Howie Kendrick doubled to center to score two runs. Already with a 4-0 lead, Washington added two runs in the fifth and another in the sixth.

Still leading 7-1 after the Cardinals got on the board, Ryan Zimmerman added an insurance run in the seventh.

Flaherty struggled, allowing four runs on five hits in four innings. He had allowed four runs over his first 13 playoff innings.

The Nationals are one win away from Washington's first World Series in 86 years.

Patrick Corbin will start in Game 4 against Dakota Hudson for the Cardinals.


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Tags: Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals, Game Recap

Strasburg, Kendrick Lead Nationals To Game 3 Win, Take 3-0 Series Lead


Recap: Nationals Take 2-0 Lead Thanks To Max Scherzer's Brilliance

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Recap: Anibal Sanchez Shuts Down Cardinals, Nationals Take Game 1

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Nationals' Sanchez, Doolittle One-Hit Cardinals To Win Opener


Nationals Favored Over Cardinals In NLCS

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Recap: Howie Kendrick's Slam Sends Nationals To NLCS

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Nationals, Howie Kendrick Stun Dodgers, Advance To NLCS


Recap: Max Scherzer Dominates, Nationals Force Game 5

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Recap: Dodgers Use Seven-Run Sixth To Down Nationals

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Dodgers Jump All-Over Patrick Corbin, Take 2-1 Series Lead


Anibal Sanchez, Not Max Scherzer, To Start For Nats In Game 3


Recap: Nationals Strike Early, Ride Strasburg To Game 2 Win

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Nationals Hold Off Dodgers Behind Stephen Strasburg, Max Scherzer


Trea Turner: Nationals Are 'Trying A Little Too Hard'

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Teammates Critical Of Ronald Acuna, Jr. For Not Running Out Hit

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Recap: Max Muncy Leads Dodgers To Game 1 Win Over Nationals

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Stephen Strasburg Could Start Game 2 For Nationals

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Recap: Three-Run Eighth Lifts Nationals To Wild Card Win Over Brewers

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Nationals Offered Anthony Rendon Seven-Year, $200M-Plus Deal


Nationals Clinch Wild Card Berth

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