2019 World Series
The 2019 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball’s 2019 season. It was a best-of-seven playoff between the American League champion Houston Astros and the National League champion Washington Nationals. The Nationals won the series, four games to three, to secure their first title in franchise history. This is the second World Series to feature two expansion teams, the first being in 2015 between the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets.
About 2019 World Series in brief
The 2019 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball’s 2019 season. It was a best-of-seven playoff between the American League champion Houston Astros and the National League champion Washington Nationals. The Nationals won the series, four games to three, to secure their first title in franchise history. The series was played in a 2–3–2 format, with the Astros hosting Games 1, 2, 6, and 7; and the Nationals hosting Games 3, 4, and 5. For the first time in any of the major North American sports leagues, the visiting team won all seven games, surpassing the previous high of five. This was the first World Series appearance for the franchise that began its existence as the Montreal Expos in 1969, and moved to Washington, D. C. in 2005. The Astros finished the 2019 regular season atop the American League West, with a 107-55 win-loss record. Their 107 wins were a record, and the most in MLB for the most losses in a season. The postseason series win is the first in Washington Nationals history. It is the third World Series in which home-field advantage was decided by the regular-season records of the American and National league champions, a practice that started in the 2017 season. This is the second World Series to feature two expansion teams, the first being in 2015 between the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets. The only American League team that has yet to play in a World Series is the Seattle Mariners, who were part of the 1977 expansion.
With the past six World Series winners have come from each of the divisions in Major League baseball, the Nationals were the last team from the 1969 expansion class to earn a trip to the series. The Houston Astros had won the 2017 World Series, the 2018 World Series and the 2018 American League Championship Series, but lost the World Series championship to the Boston Red Sox in 2013. The World Series win was the Astros’ first championship in the franchise’s first season of existence. The Washington Nationals were one of two teams to qualify for the playoffs as a wild card team. The other team was the Oakland Athletics, who won the Wild Card Game in the Oakland A’s third consecutive division championship. The National League East champion Nationals finished the 2018 season with an 82–80 win- loss record and started the 2019 season with a 19–31 record. Second-year manager Dave Martinez began to receive public pressure to be fired by the Nationals. He engineered a turnaround and finished the season in second place in the National League East, fourgames behind the Atlanta Braves, ending the year with a 93–69 record. The team won their second and third elimination games of the postseason to take the best- of-five series. The Nationals were behind two games to one, and won their third and fourth elimination games to win the series 4–3. The next day, the Houston Astros defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 in the American Division Series.