Washington Nationals: Reliving best moments from the 2019 Postseason

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 30: Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals celebrates after the Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros during Game 7 of the 2019 World Series to become World Series champions at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 30: Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals celebrates after the Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros during Game 7 of the 2019 World Series to become World Series champions at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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Stephen Strasburg strikes out 12 in Game 3 NLCS

Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg was shut down in the postseason early in his career, as the team wanted to prolong his career and save him for his prime, and it certainly worked out.

In Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, Strasburg was on his game throughout, and he struck out 12 including 8 with the changeup (yes you read that correctly).

The win against Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty ended the series, as the Nats got a 3-0 lead and then finished off the series the next day with the sweep, but Game 3 was the game that really sent Washington to their first World Series in their franchise history.

Let’s move on to the World Series…


Max Scherzer scratched from Game 5 start with neck spasms

This was not a good moment at the time when Nats fans heard the news that Max Scherzer was not going to start Game 5 vs Gerrit Cole, but it would be a few days later.

Max said in a press conference before the game that he couldn’t get out of bed that morning and so he had to practically fall out of bed and use his left arm to get up.

He said, “I couldn’t even dress myself… My wife had to help me so that’s where I’m at right now.”

Three days later he would deliver one of the most clutch performances in Nationals history…