Astros and Nationals close exciting World Series in Game 7 while Houston seeks its second title in three years and Washington seeks its first MLB crown
- The Houston Astros take on the visiting Washington Nationals in the seventh and decisive game of the 2019 World Series in Minute Maid Park
- The road team has won the first six races in the history series
- Washington ace Max Scherzer (3-0 this fall season), a late scratch Sunday due to spasms in his neck and trapezius, declared himself fit to start Game 7
- The Astros face in Game 7 with right-handed Zack Greinke (0-2, 5.30 ERA)
The stage is set for the ultimate baseball showcase: Game 7 of the World Series.
After not winning his second title in Houston in three years on Tuesday-evening, American League champion Astros is now tied with National League pennant-winning Washington Nationals, who withdrew from 7-2 Game 6 win in Minute Maid Park.
Remarkably, the road team won the first six races in World Series history.
A general view of Minute Maid Park prior to game seven of the 2019 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals
George Springer of Houston Astros laughs during the battle practice before Game 7
Washington National's third baseman Anthony Rendon is preparing for batting practice
& # 39; It's crazy & # 39 ;, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman said to the New York Times. & # 39; The road team has just played better baseball in the first six games. I don't know what to tell you about that. & # 39;
& # 39; We are waiting for the final game to be on our side & # 39 ;, Astros Manager A.J. Hinch joked about home advantage. & # 39; We have worked very hard to get home and we are happy to play at home. We have no problem playing at home. This place will rock. We have won many games in this margin. This series has been very strange. & # 39;
A key factor in the loss of the Nationals 7-1 in Game 5 in Nationals Park could play in their favor in the final of the series.
Washington ace right-handed Max Scherzer (3-0, 2.16 ERA this late season), a late scratch Sunday due to spasms in his neck and trapezius, declared himself fit to start Game 7 after throwing in the outfield on Tuesday. Scherzer, the Game 1 winner after two runs in five innings, had a cortisone injection in his neck last weekend and his condition improved dramatically during Monday's travel day.
With the Nationals holding onto a one-point lead in the final stages of Game 6, Scherzer went to the bullpen to warm up, apparently to participate in the game in a high leverage situation. National's third baseman Anthony Rendon spared Nats-manager Dave Martinez from a decision over Scherzer and hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to make it 5-2.
& # 39; He said he was feeling well, & # 39; said Martinez about Scherzer. & # 39; And he wasn't … warmed up to get into the game, he just threw to come loose. And after the game he is ready to go. & # 39;
Houston Astros players Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman hug each other for Game 7
The Astros face in Game 7 with right-handed Zack Greinke (0-2, 5.30 ERA). Greinke has delivered uneven results for Houston this fall, even in victories in Houston. He combined to log only nine innings in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees and Game 3 of the World Series, giving two runs on 10 hits and seven walks with 11 strikeouts.
Greinke made one start in Minute Maid Park this fall, and qualified as his best outing, even though he took the loss. He gave up three runs on seven hits with six strikeouts over six innings in Game 1 of the ALCS.
An announced acquisition on the trading deadline, Greinke still has to deliver a distinctive pitching performance for the Astros. Game 7 would serve as a timely reminder of his stellar resume and validate what Houston surrendered (four small leaguers) to secure his services against the Diamondbacks in Arizona.
& # 39; A little excited about it right now, but we'll see, & # 39; said Greinke about his upcoming start before he cracked a smile as he added: & I wish it was in a National League park. & # 39;
The Astros won a 60-club club record at home this season and suffered only once (September 10-12 against the Oakland Athletics) in a losing slip of more than two games in the World Series.
Although the pitching match seems to favor the Nationals, chances are that Houston will drop four consecutive games for the first time the entire season at home given the results of the past. But given the strange nature of this World Series, it is confident to predict what comes next.
& # 39; We don't know, but we keep trying to drive this wave as long as possible & # 39 ;, said Rendon, who drove five runs on Tuesday. & # 39; Maybe they enjoy our park and maybe we enjoy their park. We are not going to ask questions, we are just going to try to go there and just have some fun. & # 39;
Jose Altuve changes his glove during the batting training before Game 7
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