World Series Daily — Mounting drama in D.C. meets Baby Shark mania

The Houston Astros’ win in Game 3 of the World Series stymied any shot at a sweep the Washington Nationals might have had in mind. The victory sets up a Game 4 showdown Saturday involving Patrick Corbin for Washington and a bullpen game from Houston to see if the Nats can get a game closer to the city’s first World Series title since 1924, or if they’ve locked in a return to the Astros’ home turf.

What’s on tap

8:07 p.m. ET: Astros at Nationals, Game 4

The view from inside the ballpark

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WASHINGTON — MVP-level Alex Bregman has been noticeably missing from Houston’s lineup, as the third baseman hasn’t really put it all together for a long stretch this postseason. Could an intentional walk to the batter in front of him be what finally ignites Bregman?

Astros manager AJ Hinch said after Friday’s game that he’s sure Bregman will go to bed hoping the Nationals walk someone to bring him to the plate. Michael Brantley said he’s ready to see Bregman break out, and we should be, too. — Dan Mullen

A stat to impress your friends: The Astros’ bullpen held Nationals hitters to 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position in Game 3, the first time a team went oh-fer in the World Series in that many opportunities since the Phillies set a World Series record for futility by going 0-for-13 in Game 1 of the 2008 World Series.

Two questions

1. What’s the one thing you’ve never seen in a game that you think Game 4 could deliver?

Bregman with a three-homer game. OK, I’ve seen that before in a World Series — I was at the Albert Pujols game in 2011 and the Pablo Sandoval game in 2012. The only others to do it: Babe Ruth twice and Reggie Jackson. But it never has been done before in Washington! It never has been done before by an Astros player. The bigger point: Bregman went 0-for-5 in Game 3 and is hitting just .208 in the postseason, but he did hit into some hard outs Friday. He’s due. And he might deliver in a big way. — David Schoenfield

A World Series game in Washington … that takes less than four hours to complete. After a Game 3 that was anything but, I think Game 4 could deliver the first crisp and clean Fall Classic contest the nation’s capital has seen in my lifetime (or the lifetime of anyone under 86 years old). — Mullen

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2. Are you buying or selling on Baby Shark mania?

What, you prefer those ThunderStix that Angels fans used to break eardrums in 2002? I’ll take Baby Shark any day over ThunderStix, Homer Hankies or the Rally Squirrel. Baby Shark, however, is awesome. Pure joy. When Gerardo Parra pinch hit, my wife sent me a text with the Baby Shark theme. Heck, Mina Kimes got Tim Kurkjian to sing it on the ESPN Daily podcast. Victor Robles did the shark chop after his triple. Baby Shark forever. — Schoenfield

You know what, I’m buying. It’s ridiculous. I mean it’s 45,000 fans screaming about a shark while moving their hands in unison. It’s people of all ages rocking various levels of shark costumes in the stands. But it’s fun. And it’s something that became the Nats’ thing completely organically, which is pretty cool in itself. — Mullen

Baby Shark mania has taken over Nationals Park during the World Series. Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos/Getty Images


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