The odds were against the Washington Nationals when they fell to 19-31 on late May. Only eight other teams in MLB history fell twelve games under .500 and made it to the playoffs, but a 74-38 finish to the season made them the ninth, and a win in the National League Wild Card Game, an NLDS victory, and a four-game sweep in the NLCS got the club to the World Series.
Anthony Rendon said last night, after the Nationals’ second straight win over the Astros in Minute Maid Park, that he didn’t care about the odds back then or going into the series in Houston, when a reporter mentioned that the team had a, “.01 percent chance of winning the pennant,” at their low point this season.
“I think we’ve kind of defied the odds at this point,” Rendon said. “And we don’t pay too much attention to them. Obviously we read about it or hear about it because it becomes exploited and obviously we’re in the city and we have all the news outlets saying all these things. But we just try to stay together as a team and that’s all we really could do. We had nothing to lose at that point. We had .01 chance to lose, I guess, we had that much left. But we were just, hey, screw it, let’s go out and have some fun and play ball and whatever it was, something clicked and it turned around and we’ve been trying to ride that wave ever since and keep on just going.”
Now Rendon and the Nationals return to the nation’s capital up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series with the Astros, bringing the World Series back to D.C. for the first time since 1933.
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If you’re watching from home, here are the details on how to follow the game...
WORLD SERIES GAME 3 INFORMATION:
DATE: Friday October 25, 2019
VENUE: Nationals Park
GAME TIME: 8:07 PM EDT
TV: FOX - (National broadcast - Joe Buck, John Smoltz)
Radio: 106.7 The Fan (Charlie & Dave!); ESPN Radio (Not Charlie and Dave?)
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