World Series: Nationals and Astros reset in Game 5

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 26: Fans cheer prior to Game Four of the 2019 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on October 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 26: Fans cheer prior to Game Four of the 2019 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on October 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 26: A view of the on deck circle featuring the World Series logo as Jose  Urquidy #65 of the Houston Astros pitches to Trea  Turner #7 of the Washington Nationals in Game Four of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park on October 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 26: A view of the on deck circle featuring the World Series logo as Jose  Urquidy #65 of the Houston Astros pitches to Trea  Turner #7 of the Washington Nationals in Game Four of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park on October 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

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The Astros only lost back-to-back games that Gerrit Cole started twice all season, and both of those instances happened before the end of April.

In fact, all five of Cole’s regular season losses came before the end of May. That loss in Game 1 was his first loss since May 22.

I say that to say, it’s going to be super difficult for the Nationals to beat him again.

But on the flip side, the Nationals have won the last six games that Scherzer pitched in, and 16 of his last 19 starts.

This should still be a very low scoring game and a great pitcher’s duel.

Honestly, I think both pitchers could have pitched better in Game 1.

This time around I think Scherzer goes six and gives up 2 runs, and I think Cole goes seven again and gives up 2 runs.

This might come down to a battle of the bullpens.

The negative in that for the Astros is that they’ve had to use some of their best guys two straight days. While the negative for the Nationals is that Corbin won’t be available out of the pen this time (and that may be a good thing after what happened in Game 4).

I hate to be negative, but it’s just hard to imagine the Nationals beating Cole twice in the World Series.

Winner: Astros

A good bullpen?. dark. Next

The Nationals will play their final home game of the year on Sunday night in Game 5 starting at 8:07 p.m. ET on FOX. If the Nats win, be sure to come back and let me know how big of an idiot I am.

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