Behind the numbers: How Nationals-Astros World Series was one out of 1,420

USA Today Sports 1 month ago

The 2019 Washington Nationals are one of a kind. Combine them with the 2019 Houston Astros, though, and you have one out of 1,420.

This year's World Series signaled the first time across any major North American sport that the road team won every game in a best-of-seven series, with the Astros and Nationals accomplishing the feat.

The result was the Nationals' first championship, which they polished off with a 6-2 victory Wednesday in Houston. Washington became the first team in the history of MLB, NHL and NBA postseasons to win four road contests. The finale capped a wacky Fall Classic in which road teams outscored the home teams 49-14. 

Much has been made of Washington's 19-31 record and 0.1 percent chance of winning it all back on May 28, and not only did they overcome those odds, but the Nats became the eighth team in major league history to win Games 6 and 7 of the World Series on the road. 

The 1996 New York Yankees, which kick-started the most recent dynasty in the Bronx, became the first team to win eight straight road postseason games. The Nationals matched them with this stretch. 

Additionally, the Nationals went 10-0 during the playoffs with either Game 7 starter Max Scherzer or World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg starting for them. 


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