The Nationals couldn’t quite get it done against the Astros in Game 3 of the World Series, which ended 4-1 in Houston’s favor following strong performances from both Zack Greinke and the bullpen. Saturday’s contest could be the turning point for the Astros — who will need to pull off another win to place themselves on even footing with their NL rivals — or it could give the Nationals the edge they need to clinch on Sunday.
Washington will send left-hander Patrick Corbin to the mound on Saturday evening. He’ll be followed by a familiar-looking lineup, sans Asdrúbal Cabrera and an injured Kurt Suzuki:
1. Trea Turner (R) SS
2. Adam Eaton (L) RF
3. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
4. Juan Soto (L) LF
5. Howie Kendrick (R) 2B
6. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B
7. Victor Robles (R) CF
8. Yan Gomes (R) C
9. Patrick Corbin (L) LHP
The Astros, on the other hand, are in a bit of a pickle after utilizing five of their relievers to close out Game 3. They’ll rely on rookie righty José Urquidy, in the hopes that he can handle a slightly longer outing before they have to trot out the bullpen again.
1. George Springer (R) RF
2. José Altuve (R) 2B
3. Michael Brantley (L) LF
4. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
5. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
6. Carlos Correa (R) SS
7. Josh Reddick (R) C
8. Jake Marisnick (R) CF
9. José Urquidy (R) RHP
Game 4 is scheduled for 8:07 PM EDT.
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
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