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28 October 2019 07:15

They trail the Washington Nationals, 2-0, in the best-of-seven World Series, having lost both games at home.

Nationals score: Live World Series Game 3 updates, highlights, full coverage

The Houston Astros took an early 1-0 lead in Game 3 of the 2019 World Series vs. In the top of the second, Carlos Correa got into scoring position with one out thanks to a double off Anibal Sanchez. Josh Reddick then followed with a popup that dropped between left fielder Juan Soto and the left side of the infield. Correa got a great read on the ball and scored ahead of Soto's wild throw home. Zack Greinke started for the visiting Astros in what's basically a must-win for Houston.

He's coming off an exceptionally strong regular season for the Diamondbacks and Astros (154 ERA+ and a 6.31 K/BB ratio in 33 starts), but he hasn't been quite up his usual standards during the current postseason. Game 3 got started shortly after 8 p.m. and can be streamed with fuboTV (Try for free). Because both teams lost the designated hitter playing in a National League park on Friday, one of the Nationals' best hitters, Howie Kendrick, the M.V.P. of the N.L.C.S, is on the bench, and Asdrubal Cabrera is starting at second base. They trail the Washington Nationals, 2-0, in the best-of-seven World Series, having lost both games at home. According to MLB.com, teams that have gone up 2-0 in a best-of-seven postseason series have gone on to prevail in 71 of 84 instances.

The last team to come back from a 0-2 deficit was the Boston Red Sox against the Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series, which they won in seven games after losing the first three. The Red Sox went on to claim the World Series title. The last example in the World Series: The 1996 Yankees, who dropped the first two games and then won four straight to win the crown. The Astros need Zack Greinke, a six-time All-Star and the 2009 A.L. Cy Young Award winner, more than ever. They landed him in a blockbuster July 31 trade to fortify their starting rotation with a World Series in mind.

He is starting Game 3 and will be opposed by the Nationals' Anibal Sanchez. While Greinke might be the better pitcher, Sanchez is no slouch; he had a 3.85 earned run average during the regular season and features an array of diving and darting pitches. Perhaps the biggest reason the Astros need Greinke: they have only three starters on their World Series roster. Jose Urquidy and Brad Peacock, who started the Astros' bullpen game in the last round, have both started games in the regular season, but neither are of the same caliber of Nationals' Game 4 starter: Patrick Corbin. He is the ripe age of 21 now — much younger than the rest of his team of "viejos." Soto, the Nationals' star left fielder, is hitting cleanup in Game 3; he leads all players in the World Series with three extra-base hits.

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The Astros, on the other hand, had a notable decision to make about Yordan Alvarez, their power-hitting rookie outfielder. He was their main designated hitter during the regular season, but the third outfield spot alongside George Springer and Michael Brantley has been mainly manned this postseason by Kyle Tucker or Josh Reddick, both more capable defenders than Alvarez. Astros Manager A.J. Hinch did not put Alvarez in the lineup on Friday, but said he expected Alvarez to bat in Game 3. Washington is hosting its first World Series game since 1933, when the Senators lost the series, 4-1, to the New York Giants. President Trump plans late arrival for World Series Game 5; 'Great decision' says MLB commissioner WASHINGTON – This 115th World Series, already roiled by an ugly and protracted incident involving the Houston Astros that remains under investigation, will at least be spared a potential public skewering of a sitting president suffering through an impeachment inquiry. Commissioner Rob Manfred said before Friday night's Game 3 that he had a conversation with President Trump regarding his attending a potential Game 5 on Sunday, and that the president opted out of a potential first pitch or other public appearance "in order to make the fan experience as positive as possible." "We actually had a conversation with him about first pitches," Manfred said. Game 5's first pitch will be thrown out by chef José Andrés, who has a long-running feud with Trump. Meanwhile, Manfred said he was pleased the Astros "acted quickly and in an appropriate way" with their firing of assistant general manager Brandon Taubman on Thursday, three days after a Sports Illustrated report detailed Taubman's profane tirade toward three female reporters regarding Houston closer Roberto Osuna's acquisition after his 2018 suspension under MLB's domestic violence policy. Yet, Manfred did not rule out additional discipline for the Astros organization. MLB will continue to investigate both the incident and the erroneous and poorly-crafted initial statement the Astros released in response to the story. Manfred also made reference to "aspects of this that go beyond the incident," and "other things we want to talk to the Astros about." Thursday, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow refused to specify who wrote or was ultimately responsible for the statement attacking reporter Stephanie Apstein and vigorously defending Taubman. Luhnow met with Apstein in the dugout prior to Game 3 on Friday. "I would say that there a variety of issues; I'm not going to narrow it to the statement," said Manfred, who said any action from MLB wouldn't occur until after the World Series. The new European data protection law requires us to inform you of the following before you use our website: