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Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg. Photo credit: Tony Quinn/Icon Sportswire

San Diego State alum Stephen Strasburg will start the second game of the World Series Wednesday in Houston.

His Washington Nationals take on the Houston Astros beginning Tuesday. They earned their spot in the series after sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals to capture the National League pennant.

The Nationals waited four days to learn who their opponent would be, as the Astros beat the New York Yankees Saturday. The Astros took the series 4-2 after a walk-off home run by Jose Altuve. Officials named him the American League series MVP.

The Nationals’ manager, Dave Martinez, was slow to commit to a starting rotation for the series, but the Associated Press correctly predicted Cy Young Award candidate Max Scherzer will start Game 1 Tuesday, followed by Strasburg.

The World Series match-up is anticipated due to the standout strength of both teams’ starting pitching. The Wall Street Journal called it “a historic gathering of aces.”

In addition to Scherzer and Strasburg, Patrick Corbin and Anibal Sanchez lead the Nationals’ staff.

The Astros named Gerrit Cole as their Game 1 starter, followed by their own Cy Young candidate, Justin Verlander, in Game 2.

Strasburg posted a 18-6 record this year with a 3.32 ERA. This post-season, he is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA. He also pitched a gem in the Nationals’ 3-2 Division Series defeat of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He played at the San Diego State when the late Tony Gwynn coached the team. The Nationals drafted the San Diego native out of SDSU in 2009.

The university has remembered him fondly in the past week, tweeting congratulations as the Nationals advanced to the World Series. Officials also posted this throwback video:

– Staff reports

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