The 2019 Washington Nationals swept their way through the NLCS to get to the World Series, much like a team that is near and dear to the fans of the Colorado Rockies.
In what would have been a huge surprise in May 2019, the 2019 Washington Nationals will be representing the National League in the 2019 World Series next week.
After a terrible 19-31 start to the season, the Nationals were able to sneak into the 1st NL Wild Card spot and continue winning all the way to the World Series as in the last three weeks, the Nationals have eliminated the Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and St. Louis Cardinals from advancing into the playoffs or further into the playoffs.
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After seeing some people compare the 2019 Nationals to the 2007 Colorado Rockies, including Rockies broadcaster Ryan Spilborghs on Twitter, who was on the 2007 Rockies, we decided to take a further look into the two teams.
My fellow co-expert Kevin Henry and I looked into the start of the season for each of the teams and how they each started playing well as the weather started to heat up as well. They both started winning more games mainly due to the same reason and both teams had to go on torrid stretches to get into the postseason.
The Rockies even had to, essentially, play a Wild Card game in Game 163 with the San Diego Padres before the Wild Card Game was even instituted.
We also take a look at some of the similarities and differences between the 2019 Nationals and the 2019 Rockies in their respective NLCS and how they swept their opponents. As a result of the sweep by the Rockies in ’07, they had a nine day layoff between the NLCS and Game 1 of the World Series while the Boston Red Sox only had a two day layoff because the 2007 ALCS went seven games.
The Nationals will be looking at a week-long layoff, themselves. The Houston Astros have a 3-1 lead in the ALCS much like the Cleveland Indians did in 2007 but the Red Sox stormed back to win the series in 7. Could that happen in 2019 and help out the AL team that wins?
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