The Nationals of Washington and the Houston Astros will face the 115th World Series, with Game 1 set to air tonight at 8:08 on Fox.
First thing first: One hit and little else for Cole
Gerrit Cole quickly had to deal with a runner in scoring position, but nothing came of the brief threat to the Nationals.
Trea Turner started the game with a sharp ground to short that Carlos Correa could not clear clean, which resulted in a hit in the field. On the next pitch, Turner stole second, barely defeating Martin Maldonado's throw. Adam Eaton came in third in a rebellion attempt, and Anthony Randon struck out, lifting Washington's powerful youngster Juan Soto, who hit the fastball with 99 mph.
Playing in Houston, the Nationals will have a designated hitter for the game and they went with Howie Kendrick, who won an M.V.P. Award in N.L.C.S.
1. Trea Turner, SS
2. Adam Eaton, RF
3. Anthony Randon, 3B
4. Juan Soto, LF
5. Howie Kendrick, DH
6. Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B
7. Ryan Zimmerman, 1B
8. Kurt Suzuki, C
9. Victor Robles, CF
The Astros went with a fairly typical lineup for them, with the only deviation being Martin Maldonado, starting with a hunter who thinks this is typical of games started by Gerrit Cole.
1. George Springer, CF
2. Jose Altue, 2B
3. Michael Brantley, LF
4. Alex Bregman, 3B
5. Julie Guriel, 1B
6. Carlos Correa, SS
7. Jordan Alvarez, DH
8. Martin Maldonado, C
9. Josh Reddick, RF
Any game in this series could potentially be a game of match play, with both teams boasting three great beginners. In Game 1, Max Sherzer will be on the mound for Washington and Gerrit Cole starting for Houston. There is no doubt that Sherzer, with his three Cy Young awards, is the more accomplished of the two, but if you limit things to this postseason, it looks like the Astros have the edge with a thin razor.
In three starts Cole has a 0.40 E.R.A. over 22⅔ submissions, with 32 strikeouts and eight walks. Opponents hit .132 against him and Houston won all three starts. Scherzer started three games and appeared once relieved, collecting a 1.80 E.R.A. over 20 submissions with 27 strikeouts and eight walks. Opponents hit .134 against him, and the Nationals also won his every start. The difference is largely because Sherzer had a rocky first two innings in his start card against Milwaukee
The Nationals have the most valuable player award nominee in Anthony Randon, and the Asters have one in Alex Bregman, but the best postseason striker between the two teams is Jose Altouwe of Houston, who averaged 0, 349 watts, a 0.767 slugging percentage and five postseason five runs, including a Yankees run in the 6th game of the American League Championship Series to send Astros of the World Series. Rendon is rolling for Washington, reducing .375 / .465 / .594, but he has only one start. Bregman has struggled with some, with a .257 batting average, but has offset that by leading all games after 10 seasons.