We’ve got one final series before the Major League Baseball season is over. The World Series begins tonight with the National League Champion Washington Nationals head to Houston to take on the Astros. Several of Redleg Nation’s writers chimed in to give their take on the World Series.
Strictly as a fan, I hope the Nationals are first to four wins. I know they have a chance because they are in the series; and, I recall 1990 when the Reds were supposedly just there to provide the opposition for the other team. The Nationals starting pitching looks deeper, which could factor in. Also their pitching and entire team may be more rested which could play big at the end of the long road.
Prediction – Astros in 6. It feels like the 2019 baseball season has been the year of the Astro and I am not deviating from my initial prediction, but this is not because I think the Nationals are pushovers. They deserve to be in the World Series and the reason should excite Reds fans. They’re rotation is led by a two-headed monster named Scherzer-Strasburg. Yeah, I know, doesn’t really roll off the tongue, but can you really sit here and tell me without a doubt that there are two guys you’d rather have on the mound? Sure, an argument can be made for the two guys the Astros have, but it’s not as if they are head and shoulders above the Nationals pair of aces. If anything, that’s a push. Washington will be competitive but the Astros are just too good and will take the series as the most complete team in all of baseball. This series will be a lot of fun, though.
Sidebar, get excited Redleg Nation. If the front office holds up it mandate to get the hitting (like it got the pitching), our Reds will be dangerous in the next playoffs because of the two-headed monster named Castillo-Gray at the top of their rotation.
From a starting pitching standpoint, this World Series could be amazing. Max Scherzer, Stephen Stasburg, Patrick Corbin, Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Zack Greinke – if that doesn’t get you excited then I’m not sure how you wound up here at Redleg Nation reading about baseball.
The Houston Astros are the best team in baseball. They have been all year. They’ve got elite pitching. The offense is the best in the game. They are just, on paper, better than anyone else. But baseball takes a long time to determine who is actually the best. The Astros were a truly great team. Yet they lost 55 games this season. In football terms – they were an 11-5 team. In the NFL you’d never argue that an 11-5 team were great. But baseball is a different animal.
The Washington Nationals weren’t even the winner of their own division. They went 93-69 and finished in second place – taking the top wild card spot – in the National League East. But that record isn’t indicative of the team at play now. The early part of the season saw the Nationals beat up and banged up. From the start of June they were healthy and they went 69-36 the rest of the season. That’s a .657 winning percentage and a 107-win pace for an entire season if you round up. That’s exactly the number of wins the Astros had.
As you would expect, both teams in the World Series are pretty strong on both sides of the ball. They can both pitch. And they can both hit. If I had to bet money on a winner, I’d bet on the Astros. I just think they are a little bit better overall. But I’ll be rooting for the Nationals for a lot of reasons, but mostly because the Astros are about as slimy as it comes.