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The 2019 World Series will be the championship series of Major League Baseball‘s 2019 season. 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 scheduled to be played on October 30.
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The 2019 World Series is presented by sponsor YouTube TV and officially known as the 2019 World Series presented by YouTube TV. It will be only the second World Series to feature two teams created since the expansion era of the 1960’s, the first being the 2015 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets.
This is the second World Series to feature two expansion teams, the first having been in 2015. Although the Astros were members of the National League until 2012, they never met the Expos or Nationals in the postseason during their tenure in the NL, thus making this the first ever postseason meeting between the franchises. The last regular season meeting between the two clubs was in 2017.
After starting the season with a win-loss record of 19–31 (.380), the Nationals ended the year with a 93–69 (.574) record. The Nationals finished in second place in the National League East, qualifying for the playoffs as a wild card team. They defeated the Milwaukee Brewers at home in the National League Wild Card Game. The Nationals then defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, who had won the previous two National League pennants, in the National League Division Series. In the National League Championship Series, the Nationals swept the St. Louis Cardinals in four games to secure their first pennant in franchise history (including their time as the Montreal Expos from 1969 to 2004) as well as the first World Series appearance for a Washington, D.C., team since 1933.
The Astros won the American League West and finished the 2019 regular season with a 107–55 (.660) win-loss record, which was the best in baseball. They played the Tampa Bay Rays, who won the American League Wild Card Game, in the American League Division Series. Houston defeated the Rays in five games. In the American League Championship Series, the Astros defeated the New York Yankees in six games. This is Houston’s third World Series appearance and second in three years.
Series tied, 0–0.
|1||October 22||Washington Nationals at Houston Astros||Minute Maid Park||–||–|
|2||October 23||Washington Nationals at Houston Astros||Minute Maid Park||–||–|
|3||October 25||Houston Astros at Washington Nationals||Nationals Park||–||–|
|4||October 26||Houston Astros at Washington Nationals||Nationals Park||–||–|
|5||October 27||Houston Astros at Washington Nationals||Nationals Park||–||–|
|6||October 29||Washington Nationals at Houston Astros||Minute Maid Park||–||–|
|7||October 30||Washington Nationals at Houston Astros||Minute Maid Park||–||–|
WSH: Max Scherzer (0–0)
HOU: Gerrit Cole (0–0)
WSH: Stephen Strasburg (0–0)
HOU: Justin Verlander (0–0)
HOU: Zack Greinke (0–0)
WSH: Patrick Corbin (0-0)
This will be the first World Series game played in Washington, D.C., since October 7, 1933, which was Game 5.
HOU: Brad Peacock (0-0)
WAS: Anibal Sanchez (0-0)
Composite line score
2019 World Series (0–0):TBA.
|Winning player’s share: $TBA. Losing player’s share: $TBA.|
The World Series will be televised by Fox for the 20th straight year, with Joe Buck calling the games as play-by-play announcer along with John Smoltz as color commentator and Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci as field reporters. Kevin Burkhardt will host the network’s pregame shows, joined by analysts Frank Thomas, Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz and Dontrelle Willis. Fox Deportes will air the series in Spanish, with Rolando Nichols calling the play-by-play, Edgar Gonzalez as color commentator, and Carlos Álvarez as field reporter.
ESPN Radio will broadcast the World Series for the 22nd straight year, with coverage presented by AutoZone. Dan Shulman will serve as play-by-play announcer, with Chris Singleton as color commentator and Buster Olney as field reporter. Marc Kestecher, Kevin Winter and Tim Kurkjian will host the pregame shows.
Locally, both teams’ flagship radio stations will broadcast the series with their regular announcers. In Houston, Sportstalk 790 will air the series with Robert Ford and Steve Sparks announcing. In Washington, D.C., 107.7 The Fan will air the series with Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler calling the games. In addition, Unanimo Deportes will broadcast the series in Spanish with Beto Ferreiro and Orlando Hernández announcing.