Reasons to root for the Nationals
There are easily more reasons to root for the Nationals than there are the Houston Astros. First off, the Nationals are representing the National League. The AL has won the last two World Series so if you want to root for the NL to win the World Series for the first time since 2016, the Nationals are your pick.
Each team in the World Series has three former Dodgers but the Nationals have the more likable ex-Dodgers. Brian Dozier and Daniel Hudson were role players in their time with the Dodgers and although they are only 32 years old, this could be their last chance at a World Series ring.
Then there is Howie Kendrick who is 36 years old. Sure he beat the Dodgers but he has always been a classy player and at 36, this is likely his last chance to get a ring. Then there is the whole free agency situation.
Anthony Rendon is going to be a free agent and if the Nationals win the World Series he is more likely to chase that one big payday, perhaps coming from the Dodgers. If the Nationals lose the World Series then he might choose to stay and try again for a ring with this team. The same goes for Stephen Strasburg who can opt-out of the last four years on his contract.
For the Nationals, this is also their very first World Series appearance. The Astros won in 2017 so if you are a fan of new teams winning championships, the Nationals are definitely your pick.