This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
I can hardly believe the season is winding down! Mid-September means the annual awards edition of Mound Musings is next up, and finally, the Kids on Parade edition will follow to wrap up the 2019 baseball season. As we close it out, I thought I would cover a few random thoughts including my choice for the World Series, a key change to MLB roster composition next year, and some of the biggest surprises – at least to me – from the current season. Time to dive in, so let's go.
The 2019 World Series goes to: A little drumroll please … the Houston Astros take home the honors this October! Post-season success depends on many things, including some potent hitting. The Astros have that covered. Just ask the Oakland A's who suffered through a pair of games earlier this week where Houston piled up 36 runs. However, perhaps more importantly, a World Series champion needs at least three top-of-the-rotation starting pitchers.
Consider the scary prospect of facing off against Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, and then Zack Greinke. Greinke has only been there about six weeks, but if you combine the stats of those three arms, it looks something like this. They have a 39-11 record, with a WHIP below 1.00, an ERA well below 3.00, and an incredible 577 strikeouts in 427 innings. That inning total has an impact, too. They are averaging nearly 6.60 innings per start, saving wear and tear on a pretty solid bullpen.