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2019 Schedule
93-69, 2nd in NL East
Scherzer breaks down Game 1 highlights (3:37)
Soto comes up clutch in Game 1 (1:26)
Scherzer K's 7 over 5 innings (0:46)
Zimmerman: Soto is able to slow the game down (2:49)
Ross: Players like Soto don't come along often (0:55)
Suzuki praises Soto, Scherzer after Game 1 (1:11)
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Soto stars in World Series debut as Nats prevail

Nationals outfielder Juan Soto, 20, became the second-youngest player in MLB history to homer in his first World Series game, with only Andruw Jones (19) being younger.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Nationals steal Game 1 of the World Series in Houston, holding on late for a 5-4 win. The story before the game was the pitching matchup between Max Scherzer and Gerrit Cole. But the offenses had their say tonight, with Juan Soto's three hits, including a homer and a double, contributing to Cole's first losing decision since May 22. Game 2 on Wednesday night.

Soto homers to opposite field (0:36)
Zimmerman homers in the 1st (0:26)

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Ryan Zimmerman waited 14 years to play in a World Series game with the Nationals. He wasted no time belting his first career World Series home run, a no-doubt blast to dead center for the Mr. National.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Upon completing their sweep of St. Louis in the NLCS, the Nationals are 16-2 in their last 18 games dating back to Sept. 23. The Nats enter the Series with a six-game win streak in this postseason dating back to Game 4 of the NLDS.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Esta es la 115a edición de la Serie Mundial: la Liga Americana lidera 66-48. La Liga Nacional ha ganado 5 de las últimas 9, y 7 de las últimas 12. La Liga Americana ha ganado 13 de 23 desde 1996, y 16 de 27 desde 1991.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

This is the 115th edition of the World Series: the American League leads, 66-48. The National League has won 5 of the last 9, and 7 of the last 12. The AL has won 13 of 23 since 1996, and 16 of 27 starting in 1991.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Anthony Rendon holds his finish as a batting practice home run slams off the outermost wall of Minute Maid Park.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Dave Martinez on having the DH for the first two games in Houston: "It pissed off Max he can't hit. He's not happy about that." The Nats will DH Howie Kendrick, with Asdrubal Cabrera starting at second base.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals are going with an 11-man pitching staff for the World Series, just as they did in the earlier rounds. Two of those 11 (Joe Ross and Javy Guerra) haven't pitched in the postseason and a third (Wander Suero) has recorded just one out. Dave Martinez is really trying to win with eight pitchers. It might work.

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BBTN: Nats' Prep, Pitching Strategy, X-Factors

Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic joins Buster ahead of Game 1 of the World Series to discuss Washington's pitching strategy, the biggest challenges the Astros present, how the Nationals have spent their long layoff and more.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.2656th
On Base Percentage.3422nd
Slugging Percentage.4547th
Earned Run Average4.2713th
Quality Starts872nd