The Washington Nationals stunned the favored Houston Astros in Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday night, winning 5-4 on the strength of a three-RBI night from Juan Soto and a gutsy performance from Max Scherzer.
Game 2 begins Wednesday night in Houston before the series shifts to D.C. for games 3-5 (Friday-Sunday), and — if necessary — will return to Houston for Game 6 and Game 7 on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.
The Nationals and Astros did not play each other during the regular season. While betting odds favor the Astros, the Nationals have had the best record in baseball since late May, and they’re 9-2 in the playoffs so far.
Tickets are still available for the series, although not surprisingly, they’re pretty pricey. You can get a 10 percent discount on tickets by using the code “PatchTickets10” at checkout. Here’s everything you need to know about Game 2, and the series in general.
WHAT: World Series Game 2, Washington Nationals (93-69) at Houston Astros (107-55)
WHERE: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
WHEN: 8:07 p.m. EST
WHO: Stephen Strasburg will get the start for Game 2. He’ll face off against the Astros’ Justin Verlander.
HOW TO WATCH: The game will be broadcast nationwide on Fox.
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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
CNN: “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 the first World Series appearance for a team from the nation’s capital since the 1933 Washington Senators.”
ESPN: “The biggest question for the Nationals: The bullpen. The Nationals had the worst bullpen ERA by a playoff team since World War II. Other than one Corbin blowup against the Dodgers, however, the pen has been pretty solid this postseason. Still, Martinez can comfortably rely upon just three relievers: closer Daniel Hudson, lefty Sean Doolittle and Tanner Rainey, who throws 100 and has pitched his way into a setup role. Those three have combined to allow four runs and 10 hits with 15 strikeouts in 17 innings in the playoffs.”
SB Nation: “The Nats winning is not the most likely outcome, but, as the cliche goes, anything can happen in a short series. What matters is that we have a compelling, multi-layered narrative to pay attention to: an attempt at a mini-dynasty, potential last, best chances at winning, departing free agent stars, and no juiced ball in sight to mess with any of it. The playoffs so far have been an incredible spectacle, and the World Series looks like a worthy culmination of that spectacle.”
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