Well, you guys, this is it. The 2019 World Series is finally set in stone with the Houston Astros taking on the Washington Nationals. Houston will be looking to win its second title in three years, while Washington is looking for its first-ever championship.
Now that we know who will be representing both the American and National Leagues, it’s fun to look at the similarities and differences between each squad. The biggest similarity they share is having star-studded and dominant starting rotations.
Official probable starters haven’t yet been announced, but it’s not inconceivable for the first three games to look like this:
Game 1: Gerrit Cole vs. Max Scherzer
Game 2: Justin Verlander vs. Stephen Strasburg
Game 3: Zack Greinke vs. Patrick Corbin
That in itself is just mouthwatering for any baseball fan. When looking at season-long fWAR produced in 2019, each of these six ranked within the top 15 among qualified starters. Corbin was the only one not in the top-10 with his measly 4.8 fWAR (insert sarcasm here). Interestingly enough, both Houston and Washington looked outside their respective organizations to build these fearsome three-headed monsters — Strasburg is the sole homegrown hurler of the bunch.