Washington Nationals at Houston Astros - 10/22/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Nationals at Houston Astros - 10/22/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals (101-71) at Houston Astros (114-59)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 8:08 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Max Scherzer (13-7) (2.81) vs. Gerrit Cole (23-5) (2.30)

The Line: Houston Astros -190 / Washington Nationals +175 --- Over/Under: 7 Click Here for the Latest Odds

Where to Watch: FOX Stream the MLB Game of the Day all season on ESPN+. Sign up now! Advertisement

The Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros will meet up for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. 

The Nationals cruise into their first World Series as a franchise following a sweep of the Cardinals in the NLCS. Washington bagged a 2-0 win in Game 1, then a 3-1 victory in Game 2 to take both opening road matchups. The Nats closed it out with two home wins 8-1 in Game 3 and 7-4 in Game 4. 

It’s looking like the Nationals will go with Max Scherzer in the start Tuesday for Game 1. Scherzer is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in this postseason. 

Get Our Experts BEST BETS For All Of The Games CLICK HERE

Over on the Astros’ side, their World Series journey in the ALCS was a little more complex, but never really in doubt. Houston jumped out to a 3-1 lead after an 8-3 Game 4 victory, then lost Game 5 4-1 before coming back home in a dramatic 6-4 victory in Game 6 against the Yankees. 

For Game 1, the Astros will send out Gerrit Cole in the start. Cole posted a 20-5 record this year with a 2.50 ERA and 326 Ks. 

The Nationals are 4-0 in their last four road games and 6-0 in their last six playoff games. Washington is 5-0 in their last five Tuesday games and 4-1 in their last five in game one of a series. 

Meanwhile, the Astros are 13-3 in their last 16 versus the NL East and 46-11 in their last 57 in game one of a series. Houston is 23-9 in their last 32 playoff home games and 55-22 in their last 77 overall. 

Scherzer is fresh off a pair of great outings, putting up a combined one run on five hits with 18 strikeouts in 14 innings of work. He’s been in the World Series once with Detroit and lost that game with three earned in 6.1 innings. 

As for Cole, he’s got a 0.40 ERA with 32 strikeouts in three starts during this postseason; he’s pretty much a K machine this year and extremely difficult to hit. 

All signs point to a big Astros victory in this series, and I’m inclined to agree. It shouldn’t take more than five games either. With such a great team from top to bottom I can’t find many reasons not to take Houston. 

See Who Our Experts Picked To Win

Andrew’s Pick Houston Astros -190

Get Premium Picks Start Winning Now »
The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

Mitch's Take...

Free Parlay Mitch's NBA Basketball Parlay for 1/24/21 NBA Pick and Prediction

Guaranteed Packages

Guaranteed packages automatically give you a credit if the package does not turn a profit—the sum of betting all individual picks. THESE ARE NOT PARLAYS UNLESS OTHERWISE CLEARLY STATED. If a guaranteed package does not profit, a credit for its full purchase price is automatically issued after picks are graded and verified.

For example, if you purchase a $39.95 package that doesn’t profit, you’ll get a $39.95 credit towards any future purchase(s) on our site. Credits are usually issued within hours of a game’s conclusion, so please allow a few hours for final verification.

To use your credits, log in to your account and add another package or pass to your cart. Credits will automatically reduce what you owe. Any remaining balance will be settled through our payment system, with any leftover credits available future purchases. Credits do not expire.

Dismiss