Stephen Strasburg goes from shutdown to World Series MVP

Saturday, 02 Nov, 2019

Nationals pitcher Patrick Corbin allowed just two hits in three innings of work, while reliever Daniel Hudson tossed a ideal ninth inning as the Astros failed in their quest to turn their 107-win regular season into a reclamation of the World Series crown they won in 2017.

The drama of the final game proved a huge boost as through the first five games, the World Series had been averaging 11.6 million viewers.

You had the legendary Washington Nationals starting pitcher, just 72 hours removed from neck spasms that rendered him barely able to move.

With all eyes on Scherzer and his remarkable recovery after a painkilling injection, these Nationals truly embraced their shot in the only Series when the road team won every game.

"We will have more opportunities to win the World Series, play in the postseason", Bregman said.

Strasburg's October is unmatched, the first pitcher to go 5-0 in a single postseason - Arizona's Randy Johnson was 5-2 in 2001 and Angels reliever Francisco Rodríguez 5-1 the following year.

Washington survived the National League Wild Card game against the Brewers before beating the Dodgers in the division series and going on to win the pennant with a series win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The editor of ESPN Chalk, Ben Fawkes, reported Thursday that a West Virginia bettor won $330,000 on the Nationals winning the series.

He gave up two hits and one run, a home run to Rendon two batters before Kendrick's blast.

It is the Nationals' first championship since the franchise moved to Washington 2005. "He really opened it up right there".

"He was incredible. He did everything we could've asked for and more", Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. Greinke had pitched masterfully, facing the minimum through four innings before completing five scoreless frames with just 59 pitches on his ledger.

In a season where aces Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole powered their spectacular success, a bullpen implosion in the seventh inning in Game 7 ensured the Astros wouldn't get a second ring this year. And I don't know what would have happened had I left him in.

Maybe that helped young slugger Juan Soto and Co. figure out a way to follow Martinez's "just go 1-0 today" motto and never get anxious when things looked bleak.

Washington kept pulling away after taking the lead, with the sensational Soto hitting an RBI single in the eighth and Adam Eaton adding a two-run single in the ninth off rookie José Urquidy.

The Series also featured numerous top-shelf starters in the game: Gerrit Cole, Zack Greinke and Justin Verlander for Houston and Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin for Washington. And yet he's one of the most impressive superstars in our game.

But after Yuli Gurriel's second-inning homer got the hosts on the scoreboard, they struggled to hit successfully against Scherzer with runners in scoring positions, an area where they had struggled all series. "If he's going to play ping-pong against you he's going to do his absolute best to try and beat you".