The 2019 World Series is over. The Washington Nationals have defeated the Houston Astros in 7 games. The World Series is always full of magical moments, but this World Series had some history to it. Let’s take a look at some of the way history was made in the 2019 World Series.
Nationals First Win
Let’s start off with the obvious shall we? The Washington Nationals were born in 2005, as MLB was trying to contract the league by two teams. One of those teams was the Minnesota Twins, the other was the Montreal Expos. MLB owners actually voted for contraction by a vote of 28-2.
But the league was unable to revoke the Twins franchise, causing them to keep both the Twins and the Expos. In the new collective bargaining agreement however, contraction was prohibited until the end of the contract in 2006. By then, the team had moved to Washington.
In the team’s history, they made just 1 postseason appearance as the Expos, losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS. As the Nationals, they made the postseason 5 times before 2019, never making it out of the NLDS. Last night’s Game 7 victory, gave the Washington Nationals their first World Series in their history.
There are now only 5 MLB teams that haven’t won a World Series. The Padres, Rays, Brewers, Rangers, and Rockies.
Game 2 Blowout
In Game 2, the Washington Nationals beat the Houston Astros by a score of 12-3. Stephen Strasburg delivered on the biggest stage of all after being left out of the postseason seven years ago.
But in Game 2, we need to look at the score. The Nationals 9-run victory was the most lopsided win by a team on the road in the World Series, since the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers by 9 runs, in a 16-7 Game 3 win in 2011.
When you take a deeper look, this is only the fourth time since 1969 (Divisional Era) that a team has won a Series game by at least 9 runs on the road. The 1982 Milwaukee Brewers, and the 1996 Atlanta Braves pulled it off, both in Game 1.
In the 4-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals, the Washington Nationals outscored the Cardinals 20-6. Even though that margin is much closer in the World Series, the Nationals still put up 12 runs, 7 runs, and 6 runs in Games against Houston.
Home….Not So Sweet Home
Home field advantage. That’s what every team wants right? The chance to play the first two games at home and go up 2-0? The chance to win the World Series in front of your home crowd in Game 7? Yeah that didn’t happen.
In this World Series, the home team was 0-7. Yup, the home team never won a game this year. This is the first year in MLB history that the road team went 7-0. Only twice in MLB history has the road team won the first 5 games on the World Series, in 1906 and 1966. But never in MLB history has the road team won the first 6 games, let alone all 7.
To put even more emphasis on this, let’s look at the other sports leagues. Between the MLB, the NBA, and the NHL, there has been over 1,420 best-of-seven postseason series. In all of those series, the road team has never won all 7 games. Can you believe that? The road team has never won all 7 games. Talk about home field dis-advantage.
George Springer Likes the World Series
Houston Astros outfielder George Springer really seems to love playing in the World Series. If we go back to Springer’s last World Series, in 2017 against the Dodgers, we see why.
In the 2017 World Series, Springer hit 5 home runs. His 5 runs is tied for the most home runs in a single World Series, tied with Reggie Jackson and Chase Utley. However, Jackson and Utley’s 5 home runs were hit in 6-game series, while Springer’s was hit in 7.
But that’s not all for Springer. If we go back to that 2017 World Series, we see that Springer has hit a home run in 5 straight World Series appearances., starting in Game 4 of the 2017 World Series. In his two World Series appearances, Springer has hit a total of 7 home runs.
Nationals are Record Setters
This win by the Washington Nationals had so much history to it. So to end, lets look at the history made by the 2019 World Series Champions, the Washington Nationals.
- The Nationals 19-31 start to the season is the worst start by a team to win the World Series.
- The Nationals went 8-1 on the road in the postseason. The only other team to match those numbers was the 1996 Yankees.
- The Nationals are the only team to win three winner-take-all games in one postseason.
- Stephen Straburg is the first No. 1 overall pick to be named World Series MVP.
- Anthony Rendon is the first player to hit a home run in 3 straight elimination games in the same postseason.
- Rendon also became only the third player since 1920 to record at least 5 RBI with his team facing World Series Elimination.
- Juan Soto recorded 5 home runs this postseason. He now holds the record for most home runs hit in one postseason by a player 21 years old or younger. Soto is also the youngest player to hit 3 home runs in a single World Series.
- The Nationals are only the fifth team in World Series history to erase a multi-run deficit in the 7th inning or later of a Game 7.
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