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Scherzer to start Game 1 of World Series for Nationals against Astros' Gerrit Cole

The forgeone conclusion is now official: The Washington Nationals will hand the ball to Max Scherzer for Game 1 of the World Series.

Scherzer will start opposite the Houston Astros’ Gerrit Cole. Then Washington will start Stephen Strasburg in Game 2 against Houston’s Justin Verlander.

Scherzer has made four appearances this postseason: three starts and one relief inning in Game 2 against the Dodgers in which he struck out the side.

He started the NL Wild Card game and allowed a pair of home runs against the Brewers, but the Nationals were able to come back and win.