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Houston Astros at Washington Nationals
- This is the fifth World Series in which the road team won the first four games (also 1906, 1923, 1986 and 1996). The two most recent occurrences also happen to be the last two times that a team won the World Series after trailing that series, 2-0 (1986 -- Mets over Red Sox and 1996 -- Yankees over Braves).
- In the best-of-seven format in the World Series, the winner of Game 5 when the series is tied 2-2 has gone on to win that series 67.4 percent of the time (29/43).
- With his 7th inning grand slam in Game 4, Alex Bregman joined Ken Boyer (Game 4 in 1964) as the only third basemen all-time to hit a grand slam in the World Series. Bregman also became the first third baseman all-time with five RBI in a single World Series game.
- Michael Brantley has recorded eight base-hits in his first four career World Series games, tying him with Deion Sanders and Vic Wertz for the second-most hits by a left-handed batter in his first four World Series games all-time (Home Run Baker -- 9).
- In the first two games of this series, Washington batted .333 (7-for-21) with 10 RBI with runners in scoring position. Over the last two games, the Nationals have a .053 (1-for-19) batting average with runners in scoring position with one RBI.
- Including Game 3 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium, Gerrit Cole has gone eight straight roads starts allowing one run or fewer (Houston has won all eight). The last time a pitcher allowed one or fewer runs in eight straight road starts in a single season that all ended in team wins was in 1968, when Bob Gibson did so in 10 consecutive outings.
- Of the 29 pitchers who have thrown at least 100 innings in the playoffs, Max Scherzer's .193 opponent batting average in the postseason is bested only by Mariano Rivera (.175). Scherzer's 11.27 strikeouts per nine innings lead that group by a wide margin -- Justin Verlander is second at 9.95.
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- Brewers sign P Anderson for 1 year, $5M
- Red Sox sign LHP Perez, SS Peraza
- RHP Hahn back with KC after being let go
The home-field disadvantage in the 2019 World Series means that after four games, both the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros have won twice, but not in the fashion that was expected.
The Nationals won twice at Houston. The Astros won twice at Washington. The Astros must be feeling confident with Game 5 at Washington on Sunday -- especially with the news Sunday afternoon that Nationals' ace Max Scherzer was scratched because of neck and back spasms.
The Astros' 8-1 victory in Game 4 on Saturday means that the 2019 World Series is essentially a best-of-three series now. And one team will be on the brink of a title when Game 5 is done.
The Astros will give Gerrit Cole a chance at redemption. In Game 1 on Tuesday, Cole gave up five runs on eight hits over seven innings as the Nationals earned a 5-4 victory. The Nationals will start right-hander Joe Ross in place of Scherzer, with Game 3 starter Anibal Sanchez available in relief.
"We're going to let him go as much as he can go," Nationals manager Davey Martinez said of Ross, who has pitched only two relief innings this postseason.
Cole expects far better of himself Sunday after giving up just one earned run in his previous three starts and 22 2/3 innings in the playoffs. His teammates will back him up with newfound momentum.
"I hope I go home with nothing left in the tank," Cole said. "So whether (Sunday) is the last time I pitch, or I get the opportunity to pitch another time after that, I just hope I'm just absolutely dog tired by the time I get home."
In six previous starts against the Nationals before the World Series, Cole was 3-2 with a 2.92 ERA.
Scherzer won Game 1 by giving up two runs on five hits over five innings. He is 3-0 in five appearances in this postseason with a 2.16 ERA and has 34 strikeouts in 25 innings. The Nationals are hoping he could pitch in Game 7, if necessary, with Stephen Strasburg still on schedule to start Game 6.
Ross, 26, was 4-4 with a 5.48 ERA in the regular season, starting nine games among his 27 appearances. He pitched two scoreless innings in Game 3 of the World Series, allowing one hit over the seventh and eighth innings. He was not on the Nationals' roster for the NL Division Series or Championship Series.
His last start was on the final day of the regular season, as he tossed six innings in a win over Cleveland, allowing one run and four hits while striking out eight and walking two.
Ross had a streak in early August in which he won three consecutive starts, allowing one run and nine hits in 18 innings over that span.
He will try to derail a dangerous Astros' offense.
Jose Altuve and Michael Brantley each have multiple hits in three consecutive games. Robinson Chirinos has a home run in back-to-back games. Houston's self-assured approach has returned.
"We really have confidence in (ourselves), and we didn't give up after the two losses at home," Altuve said on MLB Network after Game 4. "(Saturday) we were getting our pitches to hit, and if not, we were passing the baton to the other guy. We played as a team, and I like where we're at right now."
--Field Level Media
Updated October 27, 2019