The Washington Nationals proved it is not how you start, it is how you finish.
The Nationals lost Game 1 of their National League Divisional Series at Los Angeles, they would not lose another postseason game on the road.
Stephen Strasburg won the 2019 World Series MVP award.
Stephen Strasburg is the first No. 1 overall pick to win #WorldSeries MVP.— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) October 31, 2019
‘Something to think about all offseason.
So @AndrewSimonMLB pointed out: the Dodgers have now been eliminated in the playoffs by the World Series champion in 4 straight seasons, 2016-19— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) October 31, 2019
Only other team to be eliminated by the WS champ in 4 straight seasons? 2001-04 Yankees.
Hasn't happened to any team in 5 straight...
Tough to be a home fan attending a game in the 2019 World Series
This is the 1st time in ANY MLB/NHL/NBA best-of-7 series that the home team has failed to win ANY of the 7 games.— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) October 31, 2019
Nationals at Astros - World Series Game 7 (Nationals win 4-3)
When you looked at the Nationals as a playoff contender, it was always that combination of Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg that made you think that they would be a tough out. Well, in 2019, those two were just unbeatable in the playoffs.
The Nationals defeat the Astros 6-2 in Game 7 to win their 1st World Series in franchise history.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 31, 2019
Washington was 10-0 in games started by Max Scherzer & Stephen Strasburg during the playoffs, the best team record in games started by any duo in a single postseason in MLB history. pic.twitter.com/Bmja8c422q
Don’t think there will be a parade in Detroit but this is something.
The 2014 Detroit Tigers once had a starting pitching rotation of Justin Verlander, David Price, Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez and Rick Porcello.— Detroit Free Press (@freep) October 31, 2019
Five years later, they have all won the World Series.
When you read this, Gerrit Cole and several other players will be free agents.
Gerrit Cole was asked to speak to the media postgame.— Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) October 31, 2019
The soon to be free agent said,
“Do I have to do it? Technically, I’m unemployed.”
Cole was kind enough to oblige then said..
“It was a pleasure to play in Houston.”#WorldSeries
Anthony Rendon put the first run on the board for the Nationals.
Anthony Rendon STAY HOT!— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) October 31, 2019
It's a ONE RUN GAME in Game 7!! pic.twitter.com/FNqc3UBD7A
Howie Kendrick did it again with a home run off the foul (fair) pole to give the Nationals the lead and eventually the World Series.
Howie Kendrick is just the 6th player in World Series history to hit a go-ahead HR in the 7th inning or later of Game 7.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 31, 2019
At 36 years and 110 days old, he is also the 4th-oldest player to homer in any Game 7 of the World Series. pic.twitter.com/yG7LLeQBMu
The Nationals used Scherzer, Patrick Corbin and Daniel Hudson in their Game 7 win. Everyone knew the way to beat the Nationals was to get to their bullpen, the Nationals plan was to use six of their pitchers as much as possible, In the end, their plan worked.
Strasburg, Scherzer, Corbin, Sanchez, Doolittle, and Hudson pitched 127⅔ of the Nationals’ 153 innings (83.4%) this postseason.— Eric Stephen (@ericstephen) October 31, 2019