Houston Astros vs. Washington Nationals: World Series Dates, Schedule, TV Times

Seven months on from the first pitch of the MLB season, the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals are the only teams left standings.

The 115th edition of the World Series gets underway on Tuesday in Houston, Texas, and it carries with it enough storylines to fill a book.

The two teams were among the favorites to reach the Fall Classic at the beginning of the season, but took very different routes on their way to the World Series.

Houston arrived into the postseason as favorite to win a second World Series title in three years after winning an MLB—best 107 games this season.

The Astros have won at least 100 games in the last three seasons and dispatched the New York Yankees 4-2 in the American League Championship Series, eliminating the Yankees in the playoffs for the third time in the last five seasons.

The Nationals, meanwhile, arrive into their first ever World Series on the back of an exhilarating run that began five months ago.

Washington was 19-31 on May 23 but won 74 of their remaining 112 games to enter the playoffs in red-hot form, before eliminating the Milwaukee Brewers in the wild card round.

Washington then pulled off the upset of the postseason by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers—who made the World Series in the last two seasons—to win its first ever postseason series since relocating from Montreal in 2005.

The win over the Dodgers set up a showdown with the Cardinals in the National League Championship Series.

The Nationals proceeded to thrash the Cardinals 4-0 to secure a first ever National League pennant.

If this postseason has proved anything is that Washington has finally banished its playoff hoodoo, but Houston remains the biggest World Series favorite since 2007.

According to BetOnline, the Astros are 5/11 to win a second World Series title in three years.

The bookmakers' confidence in Houston is fully justified.

In Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke, the Astros have arguably the most dominant starting pitchers in the majors.

Houston went 58-19 in games started by the trio this season, a winning percentage of .753. Extrapolated over the course of a season, that winning ratio would have put the Astros on course to finish with a 122-40 record.

Verlander, Cole and Greinke will, however, be tested by Washington's batting line-up, which scored the second-most runs in the National League throughout the regular season.

The Nationals, too, are spoilt for choices when it comes to starting pitchers, with Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin.

Here's all you need to know about the World Series.

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Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros hits a walk-off two-run home run to win game six of the American League Championship Series 6-4 against the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park on October 19 in Houston, Texas. Elsa/Getty

When do the World Series start?

Proceedings begin on Tuesday, October 22 with Game 1 in Houston. Game 2 is scheduled for Wednesday, before the series moves to Washington after two days off.

Game 3 is scheduled for Friday, with Game 4 to follow a day later.

Should it be required, Game 5 will be played in Washington on Sunday, while the eventual Game 6 and 7 will be played in Houston on October 29 and October 30.

TV channel

The World Series will be broadcast exclusively by FOX.

Live stream

Live stream will be available via FOX's digital platforms and via the FOX Sports GO app, as well as fuboTV.

World Series schedule (All times ET)

Tuesday, October 22

  • Game 1: Washington Nationals vs. Houston Astros—8:08 p.m., FOX

Wednesday, October 23

  • Game 2: Washington Nationals vs. Houston Astros—8:07 p.m., FOX

Friday, October 25

  • Game 3: Houston Astros vs. Washington Nationals—8:07 p.m., FOX

Saturday, October 26

  • Game 4: Houston Astros vs. Washington Nationals—8:07 p.m., FOX

Sunday, October 27*

  • Game 5: Houston Astros vs. Washington Nationals—8:07 p.m., FOX

Tuesday, October 29*

  • Game 6: Washington Nationals vs. Houston Astros—8:07 p.m., FOX

Wednesday, October 30*

  • Game 7: Washington Nationals vs. Houston Astros—8:08 p.m., FOX

*If required

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