We take a quick look at the roster changes for the Washington Nationals in the World Series and breakdown the Game 1 lineup.
As the Washington Nationals get set to take on the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the 2019 World Series on Tuesday night, we break down their final roster and Game 1 lineup.
The Nats officially announced their World Series roster on Tuesday afternoon and there weren’t many surprises.
Suero could be an X-factor here as he has been really good at time this year for the Nationals with a WHIP of 1.26 and 81 strikeouts in 71.1 innings.
However, he struggled a little bit in the last two months of the regular season and then gave up a couple of hits, including a home run, in the NLDS against the Dodgers.
But with all of the righties in the Astros lineup, Suero could be called on in the middle innings to get a big out. He held righties to just a .207 average this year.
Ross is another righty who will likely serve as a long reliever if needed — let’s hope not.
Game 1 Lineup (projected):
1. Trea Turner — SS
2. Adam Eaton — RF
3. Anthony Rendon — 3B
4. Juan Soto — LF
5. Howie Kendrick — DH
6. Ryan Zimmerman — 1B
7. Yan Gomes — C
8. Asdrubal Cabrera – 2B
9. Victor Robles — CF
Pitcher: Max Scherzer
With the DH, the Nats are able to get Cabrera or Brian Dozier in the lineup at second base.
My guess is they’ll go with the switch-hitting Cabrera even though Dozier is the better fielder and Cabrera hasn’t fared well against Cole.
I also like having Robles in the nine spot as another leadoff hitter to try and flip the lineup.
A couple of obvious differences from my projected lineup. Kurt Suzuki will get the start at catcher over Yan Gomes.
That’s a little surprising considering Gomes has hit much better in the postseason is a much better defensive catcher.
And not only does Asdrubal Cabrera get the nod over Brian Dozier at second base, but he’s hitting sixth in the lineup despite being just 2-for-17 in his career against Gerrit Cole.
There is your Game 1 lineup for Tuesday night’s matchup between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros in the World Series. The game is set to start at 8:08 p.m. ET on FOX.