2019 World Series | Baseball Almanac

2019 WORLD SERIES

Washington Nationals (4) vs Houston Astros (3) | Baseball Almanac

The 2019 World Series was the 115th edition of Major League Baseball's World Series, a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion Washington Nationals and the American League (AL) champion Houston Astros.

The Nationals won the National League wild card then defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in the Wild Card Game. However, their next opponent was the Los Angeles Dodgers, winner of the previous two National League pennants. The teams went the distance, but after the dust settled, the only 100-win team in the NL lost the Division Series. Riding some serious momentum, the Nationals swept the Cardinals in the National League Championship Series, securing their first pennant in franchise history!

The Astros entered the playoffs with a Major League leading 107 wins, easily winning theAmerican League WestDivision. They played theTampa Bay Rays, who won theAmerican League Wild Card Game, in theAmerican League Division Series, and defeated them in five games. In theAmerican League Championship Series, the Astros defeated the Yankees, winners of 103 games during the regular season, after a hard fought six game series.

Game 1 matched-up a pitcher who hadn't lost a game since May 22, 2019, and entered with a league leading 2.50 ERA versus another who was a virtual lock for the Hall of Fame - Gerrit Cole versus Max Scherzer. A moment of silence for the late 21-year Major League Umpire Eric Cooper was observed prior to the first pitch being thrown and the umpire crew, throughout the 2019 World series, wore a uniform patch in Cooper’s memory.

The dueling aces weren't perfect, but both of them were also pitching to the "other" best team in baseball. Houston got to Scherzer early, putting up two runs in the first, but Washington countered, scoring a run in the the third, tying it in the fifth, then taking a lead they would not lose in the fifth, scoring three more runs against Cole. Houston made it interesting, scoring a run versus the bullpen in the seventh and eighth frame, but Sean Doolittle sealed the save earning the Nationals their first World Series win in franchise history.

Game 2, more dueling aces, but more of the same shocking results! Houston sent up their future hall of famer, Justin Verlander, and Washington sent up Stephen Strasburg in what should have been yet another pitcher's duel. Both aces, however, surrendered two in the first frame, but were then able to settle in - for a while. The Nats erupted in the seventh, scoring six runs, forcing the Astros to reach back into the bullpen, but the runs kept coming, in that same frame, then three more in the eighth, then another in the ninth.

With their backs up against the wall, Houston traveled to Washington down 0-2, to play in the first World Series game held in the Nation's capital since 1933. Josh Reddick drove in Carlos Correa in the second inning, scoring the first run of the game, and the Astros never trailed -- putting up aces in the third, fifth, and sixth, the latter coming off the only homer of the game, by Robinson Chirinos.

The momenutum gained a day earlier continued during Game 4, as the Astros lept forward in the first inning, 2-0, on four consecutive singles, added another Chirinos homer in the fourth, followed by a Alex Bregman grand slam in the seventh, leaving the Nationals stunned, two days in a row.

The Nationals had Max Scherzer on the mound for Game 5, so things were going to change, until he was scratched from the lineup three hours before game started, due to neck spasms. President Donald Trump was in attendance and he saw a carbon copy of the previous two games, regular scoring by the potent Astros lineup, and an anemic single run being scored by the Nationals, who lost every game played in Nationals Park!

With the momentum fully in Houston's favor, there would be no way the home team was going to lose yet again, that was thought entering Game 6, especially with Verlander back on the bump. The Nats matched their ace with Stephen Strasburg, who simply outpitched his competition, surrendering two runs in the first, but settling in for a near complete game, surrendering no more runs after the first, and allowing only three more hits. Teammates Adam Eaton, Juan Soto, and Anthony Rendon ensure he had the run support he needed, each supplying a homer in the latter innings.

Yet another truly historic Game 7. There is no way David could defeat Goliath. There is no way the visiting team could win every single game. There is no way those pesky Nats could rally late in the game, after being down 0-2, with Houston just nine outs away from another ring; however, Rendon and Kendrick did not get the memo, and both went deep in the seventh, the latter with a runner on, giving them a 1-run lead, which was enough. Patrick Corbin had relieved Scherzer in the sixth, surrendered only two hits, no runs, and the bullpen prevented any runs from being scored.

Vegas said it wasn't going to happen, but they were wrong, David defeated Goliath, winning all four games in Minute Maid Park, and securing their first World Series championship in franchise history.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"It's a special thing (the 2019 World Series) to be part of, and we appreciate it, and hopefully we can keep it going." - Zimmerman, Ryan. Washington Nationals First Baseman. Post Game Press Conference. Minute Maid Field. Houston, Texas. 23 October 2019.

2019 World Series

2019 World Series Official Logo | Baseball Almanac

2019 World Series Official Logo

2018 | Washington Nationals (4) vs Houston Astros (3) | 2020

Game 1 Date | Box Score 10-22-2019
Location Minute Maid Park
1st Pitch From To
Brian McCann Evan Gattis
Attendance 43,339
National Anthem (Pre-Game) Nicole Scherzinger (Singer / The Masked Singer Panel)
God Bless America (7th Inning) Doug Rader (US Marine Corps Staff Sergeant)
Game 2 Date | Box Score 10-23-2019
Location Minute Maid Park
1st Pitch From To
Simone Biles Jake Marisnick
Attendance 43,357
National Anthem (Pre-Game) Leah Fox (USAF Airman First Class)
Game 3 Date | Box Score 10-25-2019
Location Nationals Park
1st Pitch From To
Chad Cordero Brian Schneider
Buzz Aldrin Undetermined
Attendance 43,867
National Anthem (Pre-Game) D.C. Washington (Local Singer)
America The Beautiful (Pre-Game) U.S. Arny Chorus Quartet
God Bless America (7th Inning) U.S. Navy Sea Chanters
Game 4 Date | Box Score 10-26-2019
Location Nationals Park
1st Pitch From To
Janyia Freeman Adrian Sanchez
Attendance 43,889
National Anthem (Pre-Game) U.S. Arny Brass Quintet
America The Beautiful (Pre-Game) National Symphony Orchesta Brass Quintet
God Bless America (7th Inning) Paige Wroble (USAF Technical Sergeant)
Game 5 Date | Box Score 10-27-2019
Location Nationals Park
1st Pitch From To
Jose Andres Ryan Zimmerman
Attendance 43,910
National Anthem (Pre-Game) Sergent Major Bob McDonald (US Army Chorus)
America The Beautiful (Pre-Game) U.S. Arny Brass Quintet
God Bless America (7th Inning) D.C. Washington (Local Singer)
Game 6 Date | Box Score 10-29-2019
Location Minute Maid Park
1st Pitch From To
Hakeem Olajuwon Clyde Drexler
Attendance 43,384
National Anthem (Pre-Game) Clay Walker (American County Music Artist)
Game 7 Date | Box Score 10-30-2019
Location Minute Maid Park
1st Pitch From To
Jeff Bagwell Robinson Chirinos
Craig Biggio Martin Maldonado
Attendance 43,326
National Anthem (Pre-Game) Cody Johnson (American County Music Artist)
2019 World Series History | Research by Baseball Almanac

Game 1 of the 2019 World Series

Line Score | Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Washington 0 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 5 9 0
Houston 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 10 1
Max Scherzer (W)
  Patrick Corbin (6th, H)
  Tanner Rainey (7th, H)
  Daniel Hudson (7th, H)
  Sean Doolittle (8th, S)
Gerrit Cole (L)
  Will Harris (8th)
  Joe Smith (9th)
  -
  -
Ryan Zimmerman (2nd)
Juan Soto (4th)
George Springer (7th)

Game 2 of the 2019 World Series

Line Score | Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Washington 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 3 1 12 14 2
Houston 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 9 1
Stephen Strasburg (W)
  Fernando Rodney (7th)
  Tanner Rainey (8th)
  Javy Guerra (9th)
  -
Justin Verlander (L)
  Ryan Pressly (7th)
  Josh James (8th)
  Hector Rondon (8th)
  Chris Devenski (9th)
Kurt Suzuki (7th)
Adam Eaton (8th)
Michael Taylor (9th)
Alex Bregman (1st)
Martin Maldonado (9th)

Game 3 of the 2019 World Series

Line Score | Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 11 0
Washington 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 2
Zack Greinke (L)
  Josh James (5th, W)
  Brad Peacock (6th, H)
  Will Harris (6th, H)
  Joe Smith (8th, H)
  Roberto Osuna (9th, S)
Anibal Sanchez (L)
  Fernando Rodney (6th)
  Joe Ross (7th)
  Wander Suero (9th)
  -
  -
Robinson Chirinos (7th) None (n/a)

Game 4 of the 2019 World Series

Line Score | Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston 2 0 0 2 0 0 4 0 0 8 13 1
Washington 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 0
Jose Urquidy (W)
  Josh James (6th)
  Will Harris (6th, H)
  Hector Rondon (7th)
  Brad Peacock (7th)
  Chris Devenski (9th)
Patrick Corbin (L)
  Tanner Rainey (7th)
  Fernando Rodney (7th)
  Wander Suero (7th)
  Javy Guerra (8th)
  -
Robinson Chirinos (4th)
Alex Bregman (7th)
None (n/a)

Game 5 of the 2019 World Series

Line Score | Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 7 10 0
Washington 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 0
Gerrit Cole (W)
  Joe Smith (8th)
  Ryan Pressly (9th)
  -
  -
Joe Ross (L)
  Tanner Rainey (6th)
  Sean Doolittle (7th)
  Daniel Hudson (8th)
  Wander Suero (9th)
Yordan Alvarez (2nd)
Carlos Correa (4th)
George Springer (9th)
Juan Soto (7th)

Game 6 of the 2019 World Series

Line Score | Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Washington 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 7 9 0
Houston 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0
Stephen Strasburg (W)
  Sean Doolittle (9th)
  -
  -
  -
Justin Verlander (L)
  Brad Peacock (6th)
  Will Harris (7th)
  Ryan Pressly (8th)
  Chris Devenski (9th)
Adam Eaton (5th)
Juan Soto (5th)
Anthony Rendon (7th)
Alex Bregman (1st)

Game 7 of the 2019 World Series

Line Score | Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Washington 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 2 6 9 0
Houston 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 9 1
Max Scherzer
  Patrick Corbin (6th, W)
  Daniel Hudson (9th)
  -
  -
  -
Zack Greinke
  Will Harris (7th, BS, L)
  Roberto Osuna (7th)
  Ryan Pressly (8th)
  Joe Smith (9th)
  Jose Urquidy (9th)
Anthony Rendon (7th)
Howie Kendrick (7th)
Yuli Gurriel (2nd)

2019 World Series

Washington Nationals Logo

Washington Nationals 2019 World Series Composite Hitting Statistics

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
22.
23.
24.
25.
Matt Adams
Asdrubal Cabrera
Patrick Corbin
Sean Doolittle
Brian Dozier
Adam Eaton
Yan Gomes
Javy Guerra
Daniel Hudson
Howie Kendrick
Gerardo Parra
Tanner Rainey
Anthony Rendon
Victor Robles
Fernando Rodney
Joe Ross
Anibal Sanchez
Max Scherzer
Juan Soto
Stephen Strasburg
Wander Suero
Kurt Suzuki
Michael Taylor
Trea Turner
Ryan Zimmerman
ph-1
2b-1, ph-1
lhp
lhp
ph-1
rf
c
rhp
rhp
dh-4,ph-1,2b-1,1b-1
ph-4, rf-1
rhp
3b
cf
rhp
rhp
rhp
rhp
lf
rhp
rhp
c
cf
ss
1b
1
7
3
3
1
7
5
2
3
7
4
4
7
7
3
2
1
2
7
2
3
3
1
7
7
0
21
1
0
0
25
16
0
0
25
3
0
29
25
0
1
2
0
27
0
0
10
1
31
24
0
6
0
0
0
8
3
0
0
7
0
0
8
4
0
0
0
0
9
0
0
2
1
5
5
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
1
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
1
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
5
2
0
0
2
1
0
3
4
0
0
0
0
6
0
0
2
1
4
2
0
3
0
0
0
6
0
0
0
3
0
0
8
1
0
0
0
0
7
0
0
1
1
0
2
.000
.286
.000
.000
.000
.320
.188
.000
.000
.280
.000
.000
.276
.160
.000
.000
.000
.000
.333
.000
.000
.200
1.000
.161
.208
1
1
0
0
1
4
0
0
0
1
1
0
3
2
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
1
0
3
4
0
9
0
0
0
2
2
0
0
4
2
0
3
10
0
1
2
0
8
0
0
3
0
7
8
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0

2019 World Series

Houston Astros Logo

Houston Astros 2019 World Series Composite Hitting Statistics

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
22.
23.
24.
25.
Jose Altuve
Yordan Alvarez
Michael Brantley
Alex Bregman
Robinson Chirinos
Gerrit Cole
Carlos Correa
Chris Devenski
Aledmys Diaz
Zack Greinke
Yuli Gurriel
Will Harris
Josh James
Martin Maldonado
Jake Marisnick
Roberto Osuna
Brad Peacock
Ryan Pressly
Josh Reddick
Hector Rondon
Joe Smith
George Springer
Kyle Tucker
Jose Urquidy
Justin Verlander
2b
dh-4, ph-2
lf-6, rf-3
3b
c
rhp
ss
rhp
ph-1, lf-1
rhp
1b
rhp
rhp
c
cf-6, pr-1, ph-1
rhp
rhp
rhp
rf-4, lf-3
rhp
rhp
cf-6, rf-4
ph-5
rhp
rhp
7
7
7
7
6
2
7
3
1
2
7
5
3
3
5
2
3
4
5
2
4
7
5
2
2
33
17
28
29
19
3
27
0
2
1
29
0
0
7
8
0
0
0
14
0
0
27
4
2
0
10
7
9
6
4
0
6
0
0
0
9
0
0
2
3
0
0
0
3
0
0
8
1
0
0
3
0
0
0
1
0
2
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
3
2
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
4
2
3
3
2
0
3
0
0
0
3
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
2
0
0
1
2
2
8
3
0
3
0
0
0
5
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
4
0
0
0
.303
.412
.321
.207
.211
.000
.222
.000
.000
.000
.310
.000
.000
.286
.375
.000
.000
.000
.214
.000
.000
.296
.250
.000
.000
0
4
4
2
0
0
3
0
0
0
2
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
7
2
0
0
3
2
3
5
7
1
9
0
0
1
5
0
0
1
3
0
0
0
2
0
0
5
3
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
0
0
2019 World Series Composite Batting Statistics | Bold = World Series MVP

2019 World Series

Washington Nationals Logo

Washington Nationals 2019 World Series Composite Pitching Statistics

Patrick Corbin
Sean Doolittle
Javy Guerra
Daniel Hudson
Tanner Rainey
Fernando Rodney
Joe Ross
Anibal Sanchez
Max Scherzer
Stephen Strasburg
Wander Suero
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
3
3
2
3
4
3
2
1
2
2
3
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
2
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
10.0
3.0
3.0
4.0
2.2
2.0
7.0
5.1
10.0
14.1
1.2
3.60
0.00
3.00
9.00
10.13
9.00
5.14
6.75
3.60
2.51
0.00
10
2
6
7
1
2
6
10
12
12
0
10
2
1
5
2
0
1
4
10
14
2
4
0
1
4
3
2
4
4
4
4
0
2
1
0
1
4
6
2
1
7
3
0

2019 World Series

Houston Astros Logo

Houston Astros 2019 World Series Composite Pitching Statistics

Gerrit Cole
Chris Devenski
Zack Greinke
Will Harris
Josh James
Roberto Osuna
Brad Peacock
Ryan Pressly
Hector Rondon
Joe Smith
Jose Urquidy
Justin Verlander
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
2
3
2
5
3
2
3
4
2
4
2
2
2
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
14.0
3.0
11.0
4.0
1.2
2.1
3.0
3.0
1.0
3.1
5.2
11.0
3.86
9.00
2.45
4.50
10.80
3.86
3.00
9.00
0.00
5.40
0.00
5.73
11
3
9
5
2
3
1
3
2
4
3
12
15
3
9
4
5
1
4
3
0
4
4
9
6
3
3
2
2
1
1
3
0
2
0
7
3
1
5
0
3
2
3
2
1
1
0
6
2019 World Series Composite Pitching Statistics | Bold = World Series MVP
baseball almanac flat baseball

baseball almanac fast facts

This was the second World Series to feature two expansion era teams, the first being the 2015 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets!

Did you know that when George Springer homered in Game 1, it was a continuation of a streak that began during the 2017 World Series, where he homered in the final four games? Did you also know that five-straight is the most in baseball history, passing four-straight hit by Lou Gehrig, who did it during the 1928 and 1932 World Series, and Reggie Jackson, who did it during the 1977 and 1978 World Series?

Did you know that Game 3, on October 25, 2019, in Nationals Park, was the first World Series game played in the city of Washington, D.C. since October 7, 1933, Game 5 of the 1933 World Series?

Did you know that Game 7 had two former Cy Young Award winners start the game - a first in Fall Classic history?

The 2019 World Series was 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.