The Astros won a major league-best 107 games during the regular season to capture their third consecutive AL West title. The Nationals, who won 93 games, qualified for the playoffs as a wild card but came back to beat the Milwaukee Brewers in the wild-card game and then the Dodgers in the divisional round. Here’s most of what you need to know about the first World Series involving a Washington team since 1933.
Game 2, also in Houston, is Wednesday, with the first pitch scheduled at 8:08 p.m. Eastern.
What is the World Series schedule?
Game 2, Washington Nationals at Houston Astros, 8:07 p.m. (Fox)
Game 3, Houston Astros at Washington Nationals, 8:07 p.m. (Fox)
Game 4, Houston Astros at Washington Nationals, 8:07 p.m. (Fox)
x-Game 5, Houston Astros at Washington Nationals, 8:07 p.m. (Fox)
x-Game 6, Washington Nationals at Houston Astros, 8:07 p.m. (Fox)
x-Game 7, Washington Nationals at Houston Astros, 8:08 p.m. (Fox)
How can I watch?
There is a watch party planned at Nationals Park for Game 2. Fans will be able to watch the game on the scoreboard, some concessions stands will be open and there will be free parking (on a first-come, first-served basis). Those planning to go do need tickets to attend, though.
How can I get tickets?
Washington will host up to three games, and Major League Baseball controls approximately 20 percent of the ticket inventory. Fans who signed up for the free Nats Fan Club by 5 p.m. Friday were eligible to register for a ticket lottery for the chance to purchase up to two tickets for each possible World Series home game. Tickets are also available on the secondary market, although prices are expected to be steep. Read more here.
What’s the format of the World Series?
Like the ALCS and NLCS, the World Series is a best-of-seven series. The first two games will be played in Houston at Minute Maid Park. The Nationals will host Games 3 and 4, as well as Game 5, if necessary, at Nationals Park. Washington and Houston would play potential Games 6 and 7 back at Minute Maid Park.
What determined home-field advantage?
Major League Baseball officials wised up after the 2016 season, when they began awarding home-field advantage (and four potential home games) in the World Series to the participant with the better regular season record. From 2003 to 2016, the winner of the MLB All-Star Game determined home-field advantage. Before that, home-field advantage alternated between the AL and NL. The Nationals, who advanced to the playoffs with a wild-card berth, won 93 games during the regular season. The Astros won 107.
What’s the deal with the designated hitter?
Since 1973, baseball has operated with different rules for the National and American Leagues. In the NL, pitchers hit. In the AL, a designated hitter is employed instead. During the World Series, as in interleague play during the regular season, the home team’s rules will be used. That is, Games 1, 2, 6 and 7 will feature designated hitters for both teams, while pitchers will hit in Games 3, 4 and 5.
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