World Series 2019: The MLB World Series 2019 Live Stream The 115th edition of the World Series, it will be a best-of-seven playoff played between the American League champion Houston Astros and the National League champion Washington Nationals. The series will begin on October 22 with a potential Game 7 to be played on October 30.
The 2019 World Series begins Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park as the Houston Astros welcome the Washington Nationals to town to kick off this best-of-seven series.
The Astros have home-field advantage after leading the majors with a franchise-record 107 wins. They knocked off the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees to reach the Fall Classic, and they are searching for their second title in three years.
As for the Nationals, they rallied from a 19-31 start to win 93 games and claim a wild-card berth. After besting the Milwaukee Brewers in the Wild Card Game and knocking off the heavily favored Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS, they swept the St. Louis Cardinals in dominant fashion in the NLCS to clinch their first World Series appearance in franchise history.
Before the series gets underway, we have put together a quick preview of each team’s lineup, starting rotation and a few X-factors to watch before making game-by-game predictions for how things will play out.
World Series Schedule
Game 1: Tuesday, October 22 at Houston (8:08 p.m., Fox)
Game 2: Wednesday, October 23 at Houston (8:07 p.m., Fox)
Game 3: Friday, October 25 at Washington (8:07 p.m., Fox)
Game 4: Saturday, October 26 at Washington (8:07 p.m., Fox)
Game 5: Sunday, October 27 at Washington (8:07 p.m., Fox, if necessary)
Game 6: Tuesday, October 29 at Houston (8:07 p.m., Fox, if necessary)
Game 7: Wednesday, October 30 at Houston (8:08 p.m., Fox, if necessary)
The potential meeting of seven dynamic starting pitchers should dominate the World Series buzz.
Houston boasts a trio of Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke, all of whom put in quality ALCS appearances.
Washington’s quartet of Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin controlled the NLCS with four consecutive dominant showings.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan outlined the possible matchups, with Cole and Scherzer leading off the Fall Classic in Game 1.
Since Houston used three starters in the first two rounds, it will likely have to utilize a bullpen day at some point.
If AJ Hinch keeps his rotation on full rest, Game 4 has the highest probability of belonging to the relievers. They were supposed to take charge in ALCS Game 4 before a rain delay allowed Greinke and Verlander to throw on regular rest.
Both sets of relievers will be called on in crucial late-inning situations. Washington only used four bullpen arms in the NLCS, so it may have the fresher set of flamethrowers.
Houston called on a seven-man platoon to win ALCS Game 6, but Jose Urquidy, a starter at the end of the regular season, was the only one to pitch more than two innings.
If Cole and Verlander produce six- or seven-inning appearances, Houston’s staff should be fresh for the visit to Nationals Park.
The Astros’ pair of Will Harris and Roberto Osuna, as well as Washington’s Sean Doolittle and Daniel Hudson, are capable of slamming the door in the final two or three frames to back up a quality start.
However, both sides will have a difficult time getting out the sluggers in each lineup.
Jose Altuve and Michael Brantley led the Astros with 15 combined hits in the ALCS, while Carlos Correa and George Springer contributed two home runs each.
Howie Kendrick, Anthony Rendon and Trea Turner all had five NLCS base knocks, while nine batters had at least two hits.