The Washington Nationals stunned the Houston Astros to win the 2019 World Series, marking the biggest upset in 29 years. The Nationals came from behind to win 6-2 in a game that saw Max Scherzer gut out five innings, Howie Kendrick hit a huge home run, and Juan Soto and Anthony Rendon continue their huge contributions.
But it was starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg who took home the World Series MVP trophy. Strasburg did not appear in Game 7, but his dominance in two starts capped an October for the ages. Strasburg threw six innings of two-run ball in Game 2 to get the win in a 12-3 Nationals victory. He then came back in Game 6, with the team trailing 3-2 and threw 8 1⁄3 innings of two-run ball in a 7-2 victory.
Strasburg finished off the postseason with 36 1⁄3 innings pitched, a 5-0 record, and a 1.98 ERA. He had his moments of struggles, but always found a way to bounce back.
The righty entered the World Series at +1400 at DraftKings Sportsbook to take home the MVP award. We kept a daily power ranking and he and Juan Soto were the two big favorites for the Nationals. Soto had a heck of a series in his own right, hitting .333 with three home runs and seven RBIs.