In the history of the Fall Classic, the last 10 teams to have taken a 2-0 lead—irrespective of where the first two games were played—went on to win the title and six of those did so by sweeping the series.
In the history of best-of-seven series, teams that have won the first two games on the road have gone on to win to series 22 out of 25 times.
Those last 10 teams are: 2017 Red Sox, 2015 Royals, 2012 Giants, 2010 Giants, 2007 Red Sox, 2005 White Sox, 2004 Red Sox, 2001 Diamondbacks, 2000 Yankees and 1999 Yankees.
Obviously, the Nats can no longer sweep, but as you can see, that’s 10 of the last 19 World Series. The odds are pretty long against Houston. Per FiveThirtyEight, the Nationals still have a 68 percent chance to win the Series.
Here’s all the info you’ll need for tonight’s game.
Game time for World Series Game 4: 7 p.m. CT. TV: Fox. Announcers: Joe Buck, John Smoltz. Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci. Nationals ead series 2-1.
Jose Urquidy (Astros) vs. Patrick Corbin (Nationals)
Urquidy is primarily a reliever, and including this year’s postseason has thrown 45⅓ major league innings. The Astros are planning a bullpen game.
Corbin threw one inning in relief (21 pitches) in Game 1. He’s had three days’ rest since then.
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