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