National-Stars in SM, position by position


The World Series starts on Tuesday, and everything indicates that it will be good. The Astros, who won 107 games, going for his second Classic of October in three years. The front will be the Nationals, the team with the second highest number of wins in all of baseball by adding up the last seven seasons.

Then, how do they compare to these teams? This is the analysis position by position:


It is extremely difficult to separate these two teams in this position. The two regular batted exactly the same this year, with a .336 wOBA to the venezuelan Robinson Chirinos and .337 wOBA to Kurt Suzuki. The two alternates also left numbers are very similar: .288 wWBA for puerto rico’s Martin Maldonado in the Stars and .298 for Yan Gomes in Washington.

Small advantage: National

First base

Ryan Zimmerman batted .257/.321/.415 in a season plagued by injuries with only 190 trips to the plate, while the cuban Yuli Gurriel ligated to a robust line of .298/.343/.541 over 31 home runs, in addition to being one of the 10 best hitters in baseball in the second half.

Advantage: Astros

Second base

Finally healthy, the venezuelan Jose Altuve was also one of the 10 best hitters of the Largest in the second half and already has half a decade with star status, not to forget that walk hitting .349/.417/.767 with five homers this month, including the historic shot Saturday to quit lying to the Yankees. For more well he has gone to Howie Kendrick this year, there is no discussion here. And Kendrick is probably the one designated during the games in Houston, which will open the door to Brian Dozier (.238/.340/.430).

Big edge: Astros


In almost half of the shifts, the puerto rican Carlos Correa, was almost as valuable as Trea Turner in terms of WAR in 2019, because they had an OBP similar (.358 Strap, .353 for Turner), a massive difference in favor of the puerto rican in slugging (.568 to .497) and best numbers for defensive, although Turner is one of the broker’s most dangerous game.

Advantage: Astros

Third base

Here we have a battle between a legitimate candidate for the Most Valuable Player of the American League (Alex Bregman) against a legitimate candidate for the Most Valuable Player of the National League (Anthony Rendon). They are two of the biggest superstars of the game, and both have shined this October. Pick the who want to.

Advantage: are you serious? Draw. Impossible to separate them.

Garden left

Michael Brantley is a player solid and had a very good year (.311/.372/.503). Against the majority of the gardeners left, Brantley would be a simple choice, but the dominican Juan Soto is not just any trooper. At 20 years of age, Soto is embasó more (.401 OBP) and hit for more power (.548 SLG).

Central garden

George Springer: .292/.383/.591, .974 OPS, 39 homers

Victor Robles: .255/.326/.419, .745 OPS, 17 homers

And there we are not taking into account that in reality we do not know if the dominican Oaks is fully recovered from his stretch in the hamstrings right. Robles is a good player, but Springer is a star

Big edge: Astros

Garden right

Josh Reddick and Adam Eaton are good defenders and hitters on average, although Eaton has a slight edge with the wood, with a .365 OBP for .319 of Reddick.

Small advantage: National


This should be easy. After all, the cuban Yordan Alvarez had one of the best seasons for a rookie in history, with 27 home runs in 87 games in addition to a line of .313/.412/.655. The only doubt is that it has not had a good October, ligand .171/.227/.244 so far. The Nationals have Zimmerman or Kendrick.

Advantage: Astros

Pitching opener

There are look a microscope to see the differences between the duo of Gerrit Cole/Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer/Stephen Strasburg, so we will not do so. Instead, let’s see who come next. Do you prefer Patrick Corbin (3.25 EFE, 3.49 FIP) or Zack Greinke (2.93 EFE, 3.22 FIP) for the third game? Greinke was better in the regular round, while Corbin has dominated more in October. What detail to consider? Houston slams hard to the pitchers left-handed.

And for the fourth, the venezuelan Anibal Sanchez not only threw 166 innings with a 3.85 of effectiveness in the regular round, but he impressed in the postseason with one run allowed in 12.2 innings. Houston would have to counter it with the mexican Jose Urquidy or another day of bullpen.

It is a duel very close between these rotations, with Washington barely above thanks to its greater depth.

Small advantage: National

Pitching relay

The bullpen of Washington has not been the disaster that everyone expected in October, although there is that point that only six pitchers – four starters plus Daniel Hudson and Sean Doolittle—have launched 90% of the innings of the team. That may work in a clean sweep of four games, but it is not easy against an opponent better, so at some point the manager is Dave Martinez will have to take a risk with the flamethrower Tanner Rainey, the veteran dominican republic, Fernando Rodney, and less known names like Javy Guerra and Austin Voth.

The bullpen of the Astro has not looked precisely invincible, especially because the setup Ryan Pressly continues to not be at 100% after returning from an operation of the knee, which became aggravated in Game 6 of the SCLA. That said, Pressly wore well in Game 4 and the mexican Roberto Osuna (despite the save button in the Game 6), Will Harris and Joe Smith make up a quarter reliable. Just missing a left-hander to use against Soto.

Advantage: Astros