World Series 2019 Schedule: Where to Watch Nationals vs Astros Game 1, TV Channel, Live Stream and Odds

In a world series expected to be dominated by starting pitchers, the series opener could hardly feature a better starting pair.

The Houston Astros have selected Gerrit Cole as the opening pitcher for Game 1 in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday night, while Max Scherzer got the nod for the Washington Nationals.

Cole has won each of its three postseason starts so far this year, allowing just one run in 22 2/3 innings and recording 32 strikeouts.

Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young winner, is 2-0 in three postseason starts this year, with a 1.80 ERA and 27 strikeouts over 20 innings.

If the opening matchup is mouthwatering, Game 2 will more than live up to the billing with Justin Verlander set to go head-to-head against Stephen Strasburg.

Zack Greinke, meanwhile, will start for the Astros in Game 3, with Patrick Corbin expected to take the ball for the Nationals.

Cole, Verlander and Greinke are arguably the most dominant trio of starting pitchers in the majors. Houston won 58 of the 77 games started by one of the three this season, for a winning percentage of .753.

To put the figure into context, that pace would have put the Astros on course to finish the regular season with a 122-40 record.

Gerrit Cole, Houston Astros
Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros in action against the New York Yankees during game three of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium at Yankee Stadium on October 15 in New York City. Houston Astros defeated the New York Yankees 4-1. Mike Stobe/Getty

Houston has won more than 100 games in the last three seasons and led the MLB in wins this year with 107.

The Astros had the better of Tampa Bay in five games, before eliminating the New York Yankees in the postseason for the third time in five years with a 4-2 win in the American League Championship Series.

"We play with an edge," Astros manager A.J. Hinch told MLB.com "It's nice to feel like you've still got to push a little bit for the credit this group deserves."

Arguably the best team in the majors, it doesn't come a surprise to see bookmakers consider Houston the favorite to win a second World Series title in three seasons.

It is somewhat more unexpected to see the Astros head into the Fall Classic as the largest favorite since the Boston Red Sox took on the Colorado Rockies in 2007.

After all the Nationals may well be the most in-form team in the majors. After finding itself at 19-31 on May 23, Washington won 74 of its remaining 112 games, before eliminating the Milwaukee Brewers in the Wild Card round.

The Nationals then pulled off the upset of the postseason with a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, eliminating the team that had reached the World Series in the last two seasons and winning a first playoff series in franchise history.

A 4-0 thrashing of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series set up a first ever World Series appearance for the Nationals.

Washington manager Dave Martinez hinted his team will not suffer from stage fright.

"I truly believe that these guys are fired up to be here," he said. "We played a lot of unbelievable games this year. We've come a long way."

Here's all you need to know ahead of Game 1.

When and where is Game 1?

Game 1 of the 2019 World Series is scheduled for Tuesday, October 22 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.

Firs pitch is scheduled for 8:08 p.m. ET.

Who are the starting pitchers?

As expected, Max Scherzer will get the ball for the Nationals in Game 1.

The 35-year-old has allowed just one run on five hits and five walks with 18 strikeouts in 14 innings in his last two starts.

Gerrit Cole, meanwhile, will be the opening pitcher for the Astros. Houston has won each of Cole's last 16 starts and the 29-year-old has won all three of his starts in the playoffs this season, allowing just one run in 22 2/3 innings with 32 strikeouts.

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.

Game 1 odds

According to Oddschecker, the Astros are 1/2 favorite to take Game 1, while the Nationals are 17/10 underdog.

The over/under line in terms of total runs scored is set at 6.5.

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