The Houston Astros are one win away from their second World Series title in three years while hosting National League champion Washington Nationals in Tuesday's Game 6.
Strangely enough, the road team won the first five races, marking the third time in the history of the World Series.
The biggest story in the game is the pitching matchup between Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals and Astros-pitcher Justin Verlander, who is 0-5 in World Series history despite winning his first title with Houston in 2017.
On Monday, Astros midfielder George Springer shook his head at the mere report of Verlander's problems in October.
Fans watch during batting training for Game 6 of the World Series at Minute Maid Park
The biggest story in the game is the pitching match between Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals and Astros-pitcher Justin Verlander, who is 0-5 in the World Series history despite winning his first title with Houston in 2017. Monday Astros- Midfielder George Springer (left) shook his head at the mere mention of Verlander's & # 39; s problems in October last year: & # 39; Without him we would not be here. I don't care what individual statistics say & # 39;
Washington Nationals pitchers warm up for game six of the 2019 World Series
& # 39; Without him we would not be here, & # 39; Springer explained. & # 39; I don't care what individual statistics say. & # 39;
Then, to emphasize the point, the outros of Astros repeated themselves: & # 39; Without him we would not be here. So I'm glad we give him the ball. We will see what happens. & # 39;
Verlander gets a chance to make people forget his postseason struggles, including losses in win-and-for games in this year's AL Division Series and Championship Series, if he can help Houston win a second championship in three years.
& # 39; He is prepared. He is ready for this moment. "We communicated back and forth throughout the series about how we would adjust what we saw and how we would attack," said Gerrit Cole, Verlander's spin company and the AL Cy Young Award main competition this season.
WASHINGTON D.C. COPS: WEST VIRGINIA MAN SOLD $ 2,000 IN FAKE WORLD SERIES TICKETS
By The Associated Press
The Washington police have arrested a West Virginia man accused of selling $ 2,000 in fake World Series tickets.
Metropolitan D.C. police said Sunday that they were accusing 54-year-old Ondre Nelson of Huntington, West Virginia of first-degree fraud. The Washington Post reports that Nelson has sold five fake tickets for $ 400 each to a man near the margin just before Friday's third game between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros.
An arrest confirmation from the newspaper says the police found the victim after catching up with Nelson and another man. The second man paid back $ 1,300 and left, but Nelson and the victim argued when the police arrived.
Court records show that Nelson pleaded not guilty in D.C. Superior Court and was released pending a hearing in November.
& # 39; It will just go its way for him. He will set the tone for us, & Cole said. & # 39; Hopefully we can support him with some runs and some great & # 39; D. & # 39; play.
Cole gave up only one run in seven innings and struckout nine when the Astros took a 3-2 series lead on Sunday-evening by beating the NL wild-card Nationals 7-1.
Springer, Carlos Correa and rookie Yordan Álvarez all delivered two-run homers – celebrated with extensive handshakes and cordial hugs – for the team that led the majors with 107 victories in the regular season.
The buzz and cries continued in the mini cafeteria in the visiting clubhouse in Nationals Park.
It was really exciting to be on the road so far: only two other times in baseball history did the home team fail to win one of the first five games of a World Series.
The Nationals won the first two games in Houston with a combined score of 17-7, before the Astros turned everything around and won all three games in Washington with a total of 19-3.
The Nationals started the weekend after winning 18 of 20 games, which was the best streak the team had posted since they moved from Montreal to Washington in 2005. Then they went home 0-3.
& # 39; We're just going back, & # 39; said the Nationals outfielder, Juan Soto, & # 39; we tried to do the same as before. & # 39;
Now Monday's break comes in the best-of-seven series, before Houston asks Verlander to try to end the World Series.
& # 39; We have great confidence. We think he will be at his best tomorrow & # 39 ;, Astros manager AJ Hinch said Monday at Minute Maid Park. & # 39; He loves this big stage. He likes to trust. & # 39;
& # 39; I think it's great that he will own it. I don't think it will overwhelm him either, & he said. & # 39; I think this would be a nice little bullet on a resume en route to Cooperstown. & # 39;
The biggest story in the game is the pitching-match between Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals and Astros-pitcher Justin Verlander (photo), who is 0-5 in the history of the World Series despite winning his first title with Houston in 2017
Fans wear World Series crowns on their heads for Game 6 on Tuesday in Houston
Verlander was one of the few pitchers on the field after Hinch spoke and threw a bit. He started throwing a lot harder when he tried to close the Series.
If he can't, and there is a Game 7 on Wednesday, the Nationals hope they can broadcast triple Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, who was scratched a few hours before Game 5 because of a neck problem that prevented him from raise the throwing arm.
Scherzer said he received a cortisone injection and only needed the help of his wife to get dressed.
& # 39; This is just a little thing that has become a big thing that has become a giant thing, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I just hope that the doctors are right and that something is possible for Game 7. & # 39;
Astros third baseman Alex Bregman is preparing for hit practice for Game
There was no clear word for the early Monday afternoon.
& # 39; Hopefully he's a little better, & # 39; said manager Dave Martinez before the team traveled to Texas in the late afternoon. & # 39; I understand that this injection will take approximately 24 hours to work. & # 39;
That of course does not matter.
On the other hand, Verlander has not met the high standards he has set while winning 225 games, collecting AL Cy Young and 2011 MVP awards and earning eight All-Star selections.
After going 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA and 300 Ks during the regular season, this is what he did in five postseason starting in 2019: 1-3, 4.15 ERA, 35 strikeouts, 11 walks.
That includes a 12-3 loss in Game 2, also in Strasbourg.
Five days later Verlander gets another chance at the Nationals.
& # 39; We have J.V. on the hill. A J.V. day is fun. I have been watching that guy for years, & said Astros reliever Joe Smith. & # 39; It does not slow down. & # 39;
Still, it's important to remember that two years ago, in another Game 6, Verlander could have sealed the Fall Classic against the Los Angeles Dodgers – and even had a lead in the sixth inning, but Houston lost 3-1. At least the Astros returned the following night to win Game 7 – and their first title.
Jose Altuve watches during the strike training for Game 6 of the World Series in Houston
Then, in October, Verlander got the ball in short rest for Game 4 of the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays, but again was unable to get the job done in a close-out game, gave up three runs in the first inning and lost 4-1 . But again, Houston won the next game to continue.
And in the ALCS against the New York Yankees, the same scenario played: with 3-1 in the series, Verlander got the start in Game 5, but gave up four runs in the first inning of another 4-1 loss. Again Houston won the next game to save him.
In the meantime, Strasbourg has really been at its best in this late season, often relying on its seemingly unshakable change or its right-where-he-wants-it curve-like pitch, rather than the high-90s mph fastball with which it once flourished.
The 31-year-old righty starts on Tuesday with a 4-0 record, 1.82 ERA, 40 strikeouts and only two walks in five games this month, four as a starter.
& # 39; We have Justin Verlander on the hill and that gives our clubhouse a lot of confidence, & # 39; said Hinch. & # 39; Their guy is pretty good too. & # 39;
WORLD SERIES TV REVIEWS DOWN
By The Associated Press
Fans in Washington and Houston may be enthusiastic, but the rest of the country is responding to the World Series with a collective yawn.
Because of the first five games, the World Series has had an average of 11.6 million viewers, the company Nielsen said. That makes it up to speed to be the least viewed Fall Classic ever, although ratings tend to rise when a series reaches a sixth or decisive seventh game. Game 6 is on Tuesday in Houston.
The previous low came in 2012, when an average of 12.64 million viewers watched the San Francisco Giants complete a four-game sweep over the Detroit Tigers.
From a public perspective, the Series was really hurt on Sunday-evening, when 18.3 million people watched an NFL game between Green Bay and Kansas City compared to the 11.4 million who matched baseball at the same time. That is the largest viewing margin that a Sunday evening football match has ever had over a World Series match since the NFL started planning in 2006.
Houston Astros grounds crew members Jake Cooley on the left and Trey Feltch repaint the World Series logo for the baseball World Series in Minute Maid Park
Sport led Fox to an easy victory for the week in prime time, with an average of 10.9 million viewers. CBS had 6.54 million viewers, NBC had 6.45 million, ABC had 4.3 million, Telemundo had 1.3 million, ION Television had 1.22 million, Univision had 1.16 million and the CW had 880,000.
Fox News Channel was the most viewed cable network of the week, with an average of 2.44 million viewers in prime time. ESPN had 2.38 million viewers, MSNBC had 1.8 million, TLC had 1.21 million and TNT had 1.04 million.
ABC & # 39; s & # 39; World News Tonight & # 39; topped the evening news with an average of 8.2 million viewers. & # 39; Nightly News & # 39; of NBC came in second with 7.7 million and the & # 39; CBS Evening News & # 39; had 5.3 million viewers.
For the week of October 21-27, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewers: NFL Football: Green Bay in Kansas City, NBC, 18.32 million; NFL Football: Washington, Minnesota, Fox, 13.77 million; World Series Game 1: Washington in Houston, Fox, 12.28 million; World Series Game 3: Houston in Washington, Fox, 12.22 million; World Series Game 2: Washington in Houston, Fox, 12.01 million; & # 39; NFL Pregame Show & # 39 ;, NBC, 11.87 million; World Series Game 5: Houston, Washington, Fox, 11.39 million; & # 39; NCIS & # 39 ;, CBS, 11.35 million; NFL Football: New England with N.Y. Jets, ESPN, 11.33 million; & # 39; 60 minutes, & # 39; CBS, 11.22 million.
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