Game One, 2019 World Series

Nationals at Astros, 5:00 PM PDT, TV: Fox

On paper this is a starting pitcher’s series like we haven’t seen in quite a while. Each team’s rotation has three excellent starters: Verlander, Cole and Greinke for the Astros and Scherzer, Strasburg and Corbin for the Nats.

All six of those starters performed admirably this season. In fact, they were all top 20 in ERA among qualified pitchers: Cole was third, Verlander fourth, Scherzer eighth, Greinke ninth, Corbin 13th and Strasburg 16th. It’s the first World Series since 1945 to feature six of the top 20 pitchers in ERA, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.


That’s when the Tigers, with Hal Newhouser (1st) and Dizzy Trout (T-10th), faced the Cubs, who had Claude Passeau (4th), Paul Derringer (T-10th), Hank Wyse (T-15th) and Ray Prim (T-15th).

Game One will feature RHP Max Scherzer for the Nationals and RHP Gerrit Cole for the Astros. Scherzer took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of his last start, Game Two of the NLCS against the Cardinals. Cole has won all three of his postseason starts, giving up ten hits and one run in 22 2/3 innings.

Nationals lineup:

Astros lineup:

13 thoughts on “Game One, 2019 World Series

  1. Wait a second….it wasn’t that long ago we saw a pitching matchup along those line, after all Ryu was first, Klayton 10th and Buehler 12th..

  2. I think the Nationals are classy. I like the team and want them to beat the Astros. Yep, I do.

  3. Back in Apri, heck October 1, I never imagined I wouldn’t be excited about game 1 of the World Series. I’ll watch, but no passion.

      • Just tuned in to see Soto’s home run off Cole. Many want the Dodgers to break the bank to sign Cole this off season. He has given up two home runs in 3+ innings. Makes me appreciate Kershaw more.