3: Teams losing first 2 of Series at home to rally and win title-FRI1025

5 THINGS YOU'LL FIND ON THIS POST
1 Nationals return home for Game 3 with 2-0 World Series lead
2 Only 3 teams have rallied to win Series after losing first 2 at home
3 Juan Soto celebrates 21st birthday oct. 25; he's top hitter in Series
4 Expanded team stats comparison; how Sanchez-Greinke match up
5 Justin Verlander has most playoff Ks; second-worst Series ERA

BATTER UP

Facts & figures from around

Major League Baseball


50-31

Washington’s regular-season record at Nationals Park; Astros went 47-34 on road in 2019

(8 p.m. ET on Fox)

  • G1, Oct. 22: Nationals 5-4 (Win: Max Scherzer; Loss: Gerrit Cole)

  • G2, Oct. 23: Nationals 12-3 (Win: Stephen Strasburg; Loss: Justin Verlander)

  • G3: Fri, Oct. 25 in Washington

  • (Zack Greinke vs. Anibal Sanchez)

  • G4: Sat, Oct. 26 in Washington

  • (TBD vs. Patrick Corbin)

  • G5: Sun, Oct. 27 in Washington (if nec)

  • G6: Tue, Oct. 29 in Houston (if nec)

  • G7: Wed, Oct. 30 in Houston (if nec)

1

Games 1, 2 first time in 2019 Astros lost back-to-back games started by Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander

3

Only 3 teams have lost first two games of World Series at home and gone on to win the title

  • 1985: Royals over Cardinals in 7

  • 1986: Mets over Red Sox in 7

  • 1996: Yankees over Braves in 6


SEASON, POSTSEASON, SERIES
STATS COMPARISON
PS-postseason total; WS-World Series
NATIONALS ASTROS
2019 PS WS STAT WS PS 2019
93
69
10
2
2
0
Win
Loss
0
2
7
6
107
55
.265 .255 .307 Avg .257 .216 .274
874 62 17 Runs 7 48 920
5.39 5.16 8.6 RPG 3.5 3.69 5.67
231 13 5 HRs 3 17 288
298 22 3 Doubles 4 17 323
27 1 0 Triples 0 0 28
1,308 111 18 SOs 20 123 1,166
584 39 7 Walks 7 43 645
116 2 2 SBs 1 6 67
29 0 0 Caught 1 1 27
4.27 3.00 3.50 ERA 7.00 4.03 3.66
40 6 1 Saves 0 2 47
29 1 0 Blown 0 1 27
13 1 0 Shutout 0 0 14
.244 .199 .257 Opp avg .307 .238 .230
1,511 143 20 SOs 18 138 1,671
517 37 7 Walks 7 44 448
202 15 3 HRs vs. 5 22 230

SERIES LEADERS

.571

Juan Soto has top batting average through 2 games; he celebrates his 21st birthday on Oct. 25

  • .500: Adam Eaton, WAS (4-for-8)

  • .500: Yordan Alvaraez, HOU (3-for-6)

  • .400: Jose Altuve, HOU (4-for-10)

  • .375: Mickey Brantley, HOU (3-for-8)

20, 362

Age (years, days) of Soto in Game 1; he became fourth youngest player to hit HR in World Series

  • 19, 180: Andruw Jones, ATL (1996 vs. NYY)

  • 20, 187: Miguel Cabrera, FLA (2003 vs. NYY)

  • 20, 352: Mickey Mantle, NYY (1952 vs. BKN)

  • 20, 353: Mantle, NYY (1952 vs. BKN, Game 7)

  • 20, 362: Juan Soto, WAS (2019 vs. HOU)


GAME 3 PITCHING MATCHUP

3.14

Nationals’ Game 3 starter Anibal Sanchez has a 3.14 better ERA in playoffs than during the season

3.50

Astros’ Game 3 starter Zack Greinke has a 3.50 worse ERA in playoffs than during the season

SEASON, PLAYOFF STATS FOR
ZACK GREINKE, ANIBAL SANCHEZ
GREINKE SANCHEZ
2019 PS STAT PS 2019
33 3 GS 2 3.85
18-5 0-2 W-L 1-0 11-8
2.93 6.43 ERA 0.71 3.85
208.2 14 IP 12.2 166
175 15 H 5 153
21 5 HR 1 22
30 5 BB 3 58
2 0 IBB 0 10
187 16 SO 14 134
7.5 9.6 H/9 3.6 8.3
1.3 3.2 BB/9 2.1 3.1
8.1 10.3 SO/9 9.9 7.3

NOTABLE NUMBERS

.280

Astros’ Zack Greinke hit .280 in 56 plate appearances this season with Arizona and Houston

3: HRs in 2019 — two at San Diego on April 2 and one off Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw on June 24.


9

Washington’s win in Game 2

was the seventh 9-run margin

of a Series game since 2001

9-RUN WINS IN SERIES SINCE 2001
DATE TM SCORE OPP G# DIF
10/23/19 WAS W 12-3 HOU 2 9
20/28/14 KC W 10-0 SF 6 10
10/22/11 STL W 16-7 TEX 3 9
10/28/10 SF W 9-0 TEX 2 9
10/24/07 BOS W 13-1 COL 1 12
10/24/02 SF W 16-4 ANA 5 12
11/3/01 ARI W 15-2 NYY 6 13

18

Nationals have 18 of their last20 games and are on an eight-game postseason winning streak

11

Last 11 teams to take 2-0 Series lead have won championship, including Boston in 2018

55

Teams that have gone up

2-0 in Series; 44 of them

(80 percent) won the title


Nationals hit 50 points higher than Astros in first two games


Nationals had 41 total bases to 32 by Astros in two games


MILESTONE TRACKER

202

Astros pitcher Justin Verlander

now has the most strikeouts in

MLB postseason history

5.73

Verlander now has second-worst

World Series ERA for a starter

with minimum of six starts


MLB postseason strikeout leaders


Worst World Series ERA, starter

Minimum of six starts

IT HAPPENED ON THIS DATE

Oct. 25, 1986

Mets score 3 runs with 2 outs in 10th to beat Red Sox; tie-breaking run scores on Bill Buckner error

1987

Frank Viola pitches Twins to first World Series title with 4-2 win in Game 7 vs. Cardinals


BORN ON THIS DATE

56

Regular-season HRs for Juan Soto before turning 21; he’s fourth all-time for players born on Oct. 25

264

Career 10/25 leader in HR is by Bobby Thomson, including 1951 ‘shot heard ‘round the world’

  • 1923: Born in Glasgow, United Kingdom

  • 8/16/2010: Died age 86 in Savannah, Ga.

219, 2.93

Wins, ERA for Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez, born 48 years ago in 1971 in the Dominican Republic

Oct. 25 birthday leaders: HRs


Sources: mlb.com; baseball-reference.com; todayinbaseballhistory.com