Good morning, Camden Chatters.
The 2019 World Series has arrived, and fortunately for O’s fans, the matchup didn’t end up as the worst-case scenario we initially feared. The Astros held off the Yankees and are now the odds-on favorites to top the Nationals in the Fall Classic. That’s good news for most O’s fans, who aren’t excited about the idea of the regional rival Nats getting to celebrate a championship while the Birds are mired in a rebuilding phase.
[EDIT: The above was written before news broke about the Astros being unsympathetic asses about domestic violence. So now I’m rooting for the meteor.]
The Astros and Nationals don’t have much history against each other since Houston moved to the AL in 2013, playing just seven games since then (in which Washington has gone 6-1) and none since 2017.
Wherever your rooting interests lie, you should get to see a pretty darn entertaining series, especially if you’re a fan of great pitching. Each team boasts three aces (or almost-aces), so we’ll be seeing some more enthralling matchups than the “TBD vs. Bullpen Game” types that have littered this year’s playoffs. Tonight it’s a showdown between the two Cy Young favorites in their respective leagues, Gerrit Cole and Max Scherzer. Tomorrow it’s Justin Verlander vs. Stephen Strasburg. We won’t even see Zack Greinke or Patrick Corbin until at least Game 3, which is how you know these staffs are loaded.
It all comes down to this. Let’s hear your predictions, Camden Chatters!
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