The Washington Nationals and Houston Astros square off in the World Series beginning Tuesday night in Houston. With that in mind, we thought we would look back at how these two league champions fared against the Colorado Rockies during the 2019 season.
The Colorado Rockies faced Washington seven times, going 4-3 against the Nationals. However, the Rockies couldn’t get a win against Houston, being swept in two-game series on the road and at home. Overall, that’s a 4-7 record in 11 games against the two World Series participants for the Rockies, who finished with a 71-91 mark.
In terms of batting, the Rockies posted a .256/.325/.462 slash line against Nationals pitching while going .252/.300/.381 against the Astros. Those are the overall numbers, with Colorado hitting .227/.268/.424 at Houston and .235/.300/.381 at Washington.
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Pitching-wise, the numbers were ugly for the Rockies. Colorado had a 9.79 ERA against Houston and a 5.95 ERA versus the Nationals. Meanwhile, Houston pitchers recorded a 3.50 ERA against the Rockies while Washington’s was 4.28.
Nolan Arenado had his moments against the two teams last standing in October. Colorado’s All-Star third baseman hit .385/.400/.692 with a home run and four RBI in 13 at-bats against Houston. Against Washington, Arenado logged a .292/.308/.500 line in 26 at-bats with a homer and five RBI.
The home run against Washington was significant as it came on April 22 in the opener of a three-game series at Coors Field. The seventh-inning solo shot off Wander Suero was Arenado’s 1,000th career hit and gave the Rockies a 6-5 lead on the way to a 7-5 victory. That would be the seventh win in Colorado’s last eight games after starting the season with a 3-12 mark.
Colorado would win two of the three games in that series, with Wade Davis picking up both saves.
In late July, the Rockies would lose three of four games in Washington, including a double-header sweep after the opening game was delayed because of weather which never materialized.
Houston took two close games (9-8 and 4-2) from Colorado at Coors Field in early July before blasting the Rockies by an overall 25-9 margin at Minute Maid Park just over a month later.