The Houston Astros are a mere four wins away from fulfilling their season-long motto — take it back.

Standing in their way is a red-hot Washington Nationals team that will be well-rested following their NLCS sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals. The sweep may not be all that advantageous for the Nationals, as only one — the 1995 Atlanta Braves — of the eight teams that swept a CS since the seven-game format was implemented in 1985 went on to win the World Series.

James LaCombe: 409-683-5242, james.lacombe@galvnews.com or on Twitter @JamesAtGalvNews

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