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Nationals vs. Astros: What to Watch for in Game 2 of the World Series

Game 2 of the 115th World Series is scheduled for Wednesday at 8:07 p.m. Eastern. The Nationals, with a one-game lead in the series, will start Stephen Strasburg and the Astros, playing at home, will counter with Justin Verlander.

Fox Sports is broadcasting the game and streaming it at foxsports.com. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.

The Nationals will use the same lineup that propelled them to victory in Game 1.

  • 1. Trea Turner, SS

  • 2. Adam Eaton, RF

  • 3. Anthony Rendon, 3B

  • 4. Juan Soto, LF

  • 5. Howie Kendrick, DH

  • 6. Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B

  • 7. Ryan Zimmerman, 1B

  • 8. Kurt Suzuki, C

  • 9. Victor Robles, CF

The Astros went with the same basic lineup they used in Game 1, swapping in their normal starting catcher, Robinson Chirinos, for Martin Maldonado, who had started Game 1 because he is Gerrit Cole’s personal catcher.

  • 1. George Springer, CF

  • 2. Jose Altuve, 2B

  • 3. Michael Brantley, LF

  • 4. Alex Bregman, 3B

  • 5. Yuli Gurriel, 1B

  • 6. Yordan Alvarez, DH

  • 7. Carlos Correa, SS

  • 8. Robinson Chirinos, C

  • 9. Josh Reddick, RF

  • Strasburg and Verlander have both been superb throughout their careers, with Verlander holding a fairly distinct edge in terms of regular-season success. But in more limited postseason action, Strasburg has been far more effective. In seven postseason appearances (six starts), Strasburg has a 1.10 E.R.A. in 41 innings, with 57 strikeouts and only 5 walks. Verlander has not been bad in the postseason by any stretch, but in nearly a full regular season worth of postseason work (28 starts), he has put together numbers that closely resemble how he pitches in the regular season: a 3.26 E.R.A. in 176⅔ innings, with 196 strikeouts and 54 walks.

  • With his moonshot off Gerrit Cole in the fourth inning of Game 1, the 20-year-old Juan Soto became the third youngest player ever to homer in a World Series. But there’s no need to filter by age when trying to show how special of a game the Nationals’ outfielder had. He was only the seventh player of any age to have a World Series game in which he collected at least three hits, a home run and a stolen base. The feat was last accomplished by Moises Alou of the Marlins in Game 5 of the 1997 World Series.


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