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Author: Matt Musico

The Nationals’ historic World Series run, summed up in four tweets

In case you haven’t heard, the 2019 MLB season is officially in the books. We had the pleasure of watching it end with a World Series Game 7, which also included a late-game comeback by the newly-crowned world champions, the Washington Nationals. Once Daniel Hudson struck out Michael Brantley to officially begin the celebrating, tons of incredible stats and facts were produced about the Nats pushing past the mighty Houston Astros. Washington won all four of its games on the road, which had never been done before. Howie Kendrick provided incredible late-game heroics, Juan Soto amassed an eye-popping series...

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The best MLB player at each position in 2019

By: Matt Musico | October 30, 2019 If you could put together a starting lineup full of baseball’s best players, who would be included? The answer to that question will vary depending on who is asked, and there’s no right or wrong response. There are tons of terrific players in today’s game, and there are a countless number of permutations that could lead to a dominant squad. Although fWAR is far from perfect, it’s a stat that considers all of a player’s contributions while packing it neatly into one number. Who accumulated the most fWAR at their respective positions...

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Houston Astros continue striking early on offense

By: Matt Musico | October 27, 2019 Just a few days ago, the Houston Astros were in big trouble when it came to their matchup in the 2019 World Series against the Washington Nationals. They were headed to DC down 2-0 despite having their two best pitchers — Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander — toeing the slab on consecutive nights.But here we are three games later, and the Astros are headed back to Houston just one win away for their second title in three seasons. The American League champs have found a way to break through and take control...

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Washington Nationals have nothing to lose…and they're not losing

By: Matt Musico | October 24, 2019 Baseball is a funny game, isn’t it? Heading into the 2019 World Series, general consensus was that the Houston Astros were favorites to win their second title in three seasons over the Washington Nationals. Even though the Nats were hot and swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS, they had a week-long layoff to potentially get rusty, while the Astros won a hard-fought ALCS against the New York Yankees in six games. Both teams boast elite starting rotations, but with both Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander starting the first two games...

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Six MLB hitters who must build off a strong second half

By: Matt Musico | October 23, 2019 With 162 games played in about 180 days, MLB’s regular season is a marathon, not a sprint. A fast start doesn’t guarantee a career year and a slow start doesn’t mean a player is going to consistently struggle. Sometimes, all it takes is one sequence of events to completely turn things around. The following six hitters each had varying levels of expectations for the 2019 season, but they all have one thing in common: their year really hit another level following the All-Star break. And for those fantasy baseball owners who weren’t...

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Astros, Nationals take very different paths to World Series

By: Matt Musico | October 20, 2019 Well, you guys, this is it. The 2019 World Series is finally set in stone with the Houston Astros taking on the Washington Nationals. Houston will be looking to win its second title in three years, while Washington is looking for its first-ever championship. Now that we know who will be representing both the American and National Leagues, it’s fun to look at the similarities and differences between each squad. The biggest similarity they share is having star-studded and dominant starting rotations. Official probable starters haven’t yet been announced, but it’s not...

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