Preview and Prediction
How is this Nationals team going to respond after getting hit in the mouth in DC?
It kind of seems like the summery of their season, right?
They got beat down and torn up early in the year, but then bounced back to earn a Wild Card spot.
But even then nobody really thought they’d get past the mighty Los Angeles Dodgers, especially in a Game 7 at Dodger Stadium, but they got it done.
And then nobody gave them a chance in the World Series against the Houston Astros, but they took the first two games in Houston.
Now that they once again find themselves down and everyone ready to give up on them, how are they going to respond?
I really feel like it’s up to the offense — and more specifically, Anthony Rendon.
The Astros have done a great job of neutralizing Rendon in this World Series. The Nationals third baseman is 4-for-20 in the World Series with 2 doubles, 2 RBI, and 2 walks.
It’s not like he’s been completely absent, but when he’s had his chances to come up big, he’s fallen flat.
And this after he hit .412 in the NLDS and .417 in the NLCS.
I’ve been saying it for a while now, but if the Nationals are going to have any chance at winning this World Series, Rendon has to have a big moment. And that moment needs to come in Game 6.
I have little doubt that Strasburg is going to give us at least 6 innings of 3 runs or less. The question will be, can the offense get to Verlander early and often to make them start looking towards a Game 7?
I’m putting all my chips on Strasburg in this game. I think he’s going to have a dominating performance and the offense will do just enough to send this World Series to a Game 7.