World Series predictions: Adam Eaton’s team will come up short
The Chicago White Sox used to have Adam Eaton on their team, and one of the more fair trades in team history sees him playing in the World Series.
The World Series between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals gets underway tonight. There is a tie to the Chicago White Sox as former Sox outfielder Adam Eaton is a member of the Nationals and he will be playing in the series. He was traded to Washington in a trade that sent Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez to the South Side. The Nationals have used Eaton well as they have built towards this moment.
If I had to make a guess though, I would say that Eaton’s team comes up just one series short of being World Series Champions. The Houston Astros are just a little bit deeper than them in all aspects. The starting pitching is pretty much a wash for both teams as the Astros will use the likes of Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander, only to be combated by Washington pitchers Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. There is no doubt that whoever hits better will be the World Series Champion.
The Astros have studs on offense like George Springer, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, and Carlos Correa. Then the Nationals have studs like Juan Soto, Anthony Rendon, and Trea Turner. So as good of pitching as each team has, they both also have game-breaking hitters in their respective lineups. To predict this series is difficult but I just believe that the Astros are primed to win the World Series for the second time in three seasons. With three straight ALCS appearances, they know what it takes to win a tough series.
If I had to peg how many games it will take, I would go with five. George Springer was the World Series MVP in 2017, and I think that honor will go to Gerrit Cole this time around with a win in both game one and game five. He would need to be dominant in both starts and that is exactly what you can expect from the pending free agent. There is no doubt that it is going to be a good series, but the Astros just appear to be too strong for any team in the league.
If the Nationals were to win, however, it wouldn’t be all that surprising based on how magical their season has been since the end of May. Bryce Harper left them for free agency last winter for the Philadelphia Phillies, so they used that as momentum to get where they are right now. Both teams are incredible stories and all baseball fans are truly in for a treat.