After a quick 2-0 start, the Washington Nationals now find themselves one game away from losing the 2019 World Series. The Astros won all three games in Washington as the Nats won their two games in Houston. The 1906 and 1966 seasons are the only other two World Series’ where the road team won the first five games. Will tonight’s game have the same outcome? Here is a preview of tonight’s match-up that could decide the 2019 MLB Champion:
When: First pitch is scheduled for 8:07 PM EST
Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make the start in Game 6 for the Nationals. Through 47 career innings pitched in the Postseason, he has just a 1.34 ERA. He is also coming off of a quality start in Game 2 where he threw six innings and allowed two runs. That was in Washington, as now he will have to face Houston on their turf and try to help his team get to Game 7.
Justin Verlander can rebound from his Game 2 loss and help his team clinch their second World Series in three years. He allowed four runs in six innings his last time out. However, it will be in Houston this time, and having the home crowd supporting could help Verlander in this one. Should this one go to a Game 7, it should be interesting to see who the Astros give the start to.
Players to Watch For
Washington Nationals: Adam Eaton
Adam Eaton went 0-for-7 in Games 4 and 5. However, he still has a line of .316/.381/.474 in the 2019 World Series through Game 5. He had multi-hit games in the first three match-ups of the series. In Game 2 when Verlander last pitched, Eaton went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. If he can get on base a few times tonight, he can really help his team out, especially if they can drive him in.
Houston Astros: Carlos Correa
After hitting a two-run homer in Game 5, Carlos Correa may be able to continue to hit well. He’s still slashing a measly .158/.273/.368 in the series, but his team is still one game away from clinching. At just 25-years-old, Correa is already a veteran presence on this Astros team and can help in more than just hitting well. He’d obviously like to end the season with a win, and contributing to it can help too. He will face Strasburg tonight, who he is currently 0-for-3 against in his career.
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