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Oct. 26, 2019: MLB Daily Postseason Primer

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Astros take Game 3, look to tie series today

MLB: World Series-Houston Astros at Washington Nationals Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Astros bounced back to take Game 3 winning 4-1 at Nationals Park on Friday. They did it with a strong bullpen effort and finally, a few timely hits.

Zack Greinke made the start for Houston and he didn’t finish five innings, leaving with the tying runs on and two outs in the bottom of the fifth. But Josh James, who recorded with the win, struck out Ryan Zimmerman to end the threat.

So now we have a pivotal Game 4 with the Nationals having an actual starting pitcher, Patrick Corbin versus another effort by the Houston bullpen. If the Nationals can win, they will have three chances to beat one of the Astros top starting pitchers.

If the Astros win, they hand the ball back to Cole and Verlander with a chance to win the Series.

Astros at Nationals - World Series Game 3 (Nationals lead 2-1)

First pitch honors go to original battery that saved first win at Nationals Park

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin also threw a ceremonial pitch on Friday.

So far, there has been no home field advantage in this World Series

The Nationals had ten opportunities to score a runner in scoring position but could not get even one hit.

The Astros like the Dodgers and Yankees, did not have a true starter for the fourth spot in a playoff rotation, the Astros tried to use Justin Verlander in this spot in Game 4 in their ALDS against the Rays and that did not work. They had a fortunate rainout in the ALCS and were able to use Greinke and Verlander on regular rest. They did win their one bullpen start in Game 6 of the ALCS.

Friday’s scoreboard

Astros 4, Nationals 1

Saturday’s schedule

5:07 p.m. PT: Astros (TBD) @ Nationals (Patrick Corbin)