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Post-season Gameday Thread, #19: Stras-mas in the World Series

After a shocking upset last night, the Nationals seek to extend their lead further in Houston.

MLB: World Series-Washington Nationals at Houston Astros Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

5:07 pm - Nationals @ Astros (1-0)

Today's Lineups

Trea Turner - SS George Springer - CF
Adam Eaton - RF Jose Altuve - 2B
Anthony Rendon - 3B Michael Brantley - LF
Juan Soto - LF Alex Bregman - 3B
Howie Kendrick - DH Yuli Gurriel - 1B
Asdrubal Cabrera - 2B Yordan Alvarez - DH
Ryan Zimmerman - 1B Carlos Correa - SS
Kurt Suzuki - C Robinson Chirinos - C
Victor Robles - CF Josh Reddick - RF

The Nationals managed to do something last night, nobody had managed since May: beat Gerrit Cole. The Astros had been 16-0 in Cole’s last sixteen appearances, but that proved to be of little help to them in Game 1. Not that things are going to get much easier for Washington in Game 2, but there’s a credible case to be made that they have the pitching edge, at least based on post-season performance. Steven Strasburg is 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA over three starts in these playoffs, while Justin Verlander is 1-2 with a 3.70 ERA. His only W came in the opening game of the ALDS against the Rays. There’s a real risk the Astros may find themselves 2-0 down heading on the road. That’s not what anyone expected!