There are a few factors that I look at when I evaluate the World Series between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, starting with the obvious, rotation, lineup, bullpen. Then there are certain X-factors that are beyond talent on the roster.
RHP Gerrit Cole (3-0, 0.40 ERA, 22.2 IP, 32 K)
RHP Justin Verlander (1-2, 3.70 ERA, 24.1 IP, 29 K)
RHP Zack Greinke (0-2, 6.43 ERA, 14.0 IP, 16 K)
RHP Max Scherzer (2-0, 1.80 ERA, 20.0 IP, 27 K)
RHP Stephen Strasburg (3-0, 1.64 ERA, 22.0 IP, 33 K, 1 BB)
LHP Patrick Corbin (1-2, 7.43 ERA, 13.1 IP, 26 K)
RHP Anibal Sanchez (1-0, 0.71 ERA, 12.2 IP, 14 K)
If you’re a fan of great pitching you’ve come to the right series. Gerrit Cole is arguably the best pitcher in baseball right now and Scherzer and Strasburg are peaking in postseason form. This is a tough one to evaluate, but taking a look at each team’s rotation as a whole, the Nationals has outperformed the Astros ever-so-slightly. Everyone knows that the guys at the top are going to dominate and do what they do, but what is the difference maker here is the depth that the Nationals have, getting quality innings out of Corbin and Sanchez.
CF George Springer
2B Jose Altuve
LF Michael Brant