Underdog Nationals Claim first title and Washington’s first World Series championship

Washington Nationals win 2019 World Series.

The Washington Nationals secured their first World Series win in franchise history.

What We Know:

  • The team faced the Houston Astros in the championship series. The Nationals ended the series beating their opponent 6-2 in game seven.

  • The series was tied at 3-3 before Wednesday’s matchup. The Nationals leveraged the momentum from their 7-2 win the night before the final game.

  • This year was the Nationals’ first World Series appearance in the franchise’s 51-year history. It has been 17 years since a team making its appearance in the competition has won the title. The team also had the worst record through 50 games than any other champion according to an MLB Stats Twitter account, making their win even more improbable.

  • It was a slow start for the Nationals with the Astros pitcher Zack Greinke pitching a no-hitter for the first six innings. Howie Kendrick and Anthony Rendon rallied the Nationals with home runs in the later innings to put the team ahead. The Astros weren’t able to recover and were defeated by the underdog team. 

  • Stephen Strasburg was dubbed the World Series Most Valuable Player after his stellar performance on the mound. Strasburg, 31, had an impressive 1.46 ERA in his postseason career and going 5-0 in the series. Strasburg turned the attention to his team when discussing the honor with reporters. He stated, “To be able to do it with this group of guys is just something special. We didn’t quit. I love every one of those guys. It took all of us to do it”.

Congratulations to the Nationals on this historic win!

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