A primer on the Astros, Nationals' opponent in World Series

The Astros will play in their third World Series, and their second in three years, when the Fall Classic opens Tuesday night in Houston's Minute Maid Park. The Astros won 107 games and are champions of the American League West. They beat Tampa Bay in a five-game American League Division Series and then beat the Yankees in the AL Championship Series, just as they did ... read more

Time off often the enemy of momentum for playoff teams

After sweeping the Cardinals to win the National League pennant, the Nationals are a team hot to play in the World Series. There's only one problem: The Nationals aren't sure if they going to start the World Series in Houston or New York. While the Astros and Yankees play for the American League pennant, the Nationals return to spring training mode in the quiet of ... read more

Fall Classic drought dating to 1933 ends for D.C., while other cities' dry spells drag on

Having starters Stephen Strasburg, Max Scherzer and Patrick Corbin pitch postseason bullpen innings isn't new to Washington baseball. In fact, the strategy is decades old. In 1924, the only season Washington has won the World Series, the Senators' future Hall of Famer, starter Walter "Big Train'' Johnson, pitched four shutout innings in a 4-3 Game 7 victory against the New York Giants at Griffith Stadium, ... read more

It's not difficult to pinpoint issues that swept Cardinals out of NLCS

The Cardinals finished their regular season on a 47-27 run, won the National League Central and returned to the postseason for the first time since 2015. They beat Atlanta in the NL Division Series and scored 10 runs in the first inning of a Game 5 13-1 smashing of the Braves. But when they got to the NL Championship Series against the Nationals, the Cardinals ... read more

On verge of elimination, Cardinals still searching for rhythm in NLCS

The Cardinals came to D.C. taking aim at becoming the second National League team to recover from a 0-2 deficit in a best-of-seven series and make the World Series. Instead, they dug themselves an even deeper hole. The Nationals, a win away from bringing the World Series to Washington for the first time since 1933, beat the Cardinals 8-1 in Game 3 on Monday night ... read more

In NLCS vs. Nationals, Cardinals may have edge in defense and bullpen

The Cardinals host the Nationals in the first two games of the National League Championship Series on Friday and Saturday at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals, in the postseason for the first time since 2015, beat the Braves 13-1 with a history-making 10-run first inning in Game 5 of their NL Division Series in Atlanta. Ironically, the explosion of runs was 51 years ago to the ... read more

Dodgers' Buehler ready to face pressure of NLDS elimination Game 5

The Dodgers arrived at Nationals Park on Monday night hoping to punch their ticket to a fourth consecutive National League Championship Series. Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer had other ideas. So did Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon. Scherzer pitched seven innings, Zimmerman launched a home run to center field in a four-run fifth inning and Rendon had three RBIs in the Nationals' 6-1 victory in Game ... read more

When they most needed it, Dodgers manufacture a rally to take command of NLDS

The Nationals pitchers held power-hitting Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger to a single and a double with no RBIs on Sunday night. The only problem? Both hits came in the same inning. The Dodgers scored seven runs in the sixth inning to beat the Nationals 10-4 in Game 3 of their National League Division Series before 43,423 at Nationals Park. The Dodgers lead the best-of-five series ... read more