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93-69, 2nd in NL East

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals are going with an 11-man pitching staff for the World Series, just as they did in the earlier rounds. Two of those 11 (Joe Ross and Javy Guerra) haven't pitched in the postseason and a third (Wander Suero) has recorded just one out. Dave Martinez is really trying to win with eight pitchers. It might work.

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BBTN: Nats' Prep, Pitching Strategy, X-Factors

Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic joins Buster ahead of Game 1 of the World Series to discuss Washington's pitching strategy, the biggest challenges the Astros present, how the Nationals have spent their long layoff and more.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Astros will carry 12 right-handed pitchers on their World Series roster — a small piece of good news for Juan Soto, who had a 1.000 OPS versus RHP and .850 versus LHP. Reliever Ryan Pressly, however, had a big reverse platoon split, holding lefties to a .124 average, so he could be the designated Soto guy out of the pen.


BBTN: World Series Game 1 Preview

How prepared will the Nationals be for tonight's Game 1 of the World Series? The Athletic's Brittany Ghiroli tells Buster whether the seven days off have helped or harmed this "team of destiny" (31:10). ESPN Radio's Dan Shulman also discusses the overwhelming amount of talent playing in this series, each team's readiness for baseball's biggest stage and his sense of Max Scherzer's demeanor ahead of tonight's start (7:48). Plus, Sarah Langs and "The Numbers Game" (25:06).

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Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Howie Kendrick seems to be a big fan of the Crawford Boxes, the Nationals DH-to-be is repeatedly depositing baseballs into the left-field seats during Monday's batting practice session.

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Nationals manager Dave Martinez when asked who would DH during the games in Houston: "I think at this point either Howie -- Howie (Kendrick) will probably DH, yeah."

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Anthony Rendon and George Springer work out together in the offseason in Houston. His response when asked what it mean to get a text from Springer wishing him luck: "I think that would mean the world. It would be awesome. Obviously, we're going to be friends outside of it, but I think when we get in between the lines, obviously, our team is going to want to beat them. And they're going to want to beat us."

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Anthony Rendon is from Houston and will have many family and friends at the games at Minute Maid Park. Any ticket requests? "A lot. We'll just say a lot." Will they have to root for the Nationals even if they're from Houston? "Oh yeah, definitely."


Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Adam Eaton credited George Costanza's Do the opposite philosophy for a clutch hit during the NLCS, so I asked him how much Seinfeld has impacted his baseball career. Turns out: a lot.


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Ryan Zimmerman discusses the growth of Stephen Strasburg


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Trea Turner talks about attending the World Series as a young baseball fan.

Scherzer's 5-pitch arsenal a key to his success (1:24)

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Freshly painted on the grass at Minute Maid Park.


David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Alex Bregman is a big fan of Anthony Rendon:

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Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.2656th
On Base Percentage.3422nd
Slugging Percentage.4547th
Earned Run Average4.2713th
Quality Starts872nd