Houston Astros vs. Washington Nationals World Series Game 2 - 10/23/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros vs. Washington Nationals World Series Game 2 - 10/23/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

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

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 8:07 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Stephen Strasburg (21-6) (3.16) vs. Justin Verlander (22-8) (2.73)

The Line: Houston Astros -180 / Washington Nationals +160 --- Over/Under: 7.5

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The Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros will meet up for Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday. 

In Game 1 of this set on Tuesday, we had a pretty epic opener. The Astros jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead after one inning, but Washington responded over the next four frames, culminating in a 3-run fifth. Juan Soto bagged three hits: he doubled, singled, homered and stole a base in the 5-4 Nats victory. 


For Wednesday’s game, the Nationals will send out Stephen Strasburg for the start. Across 209.0 innings and an 18-6 record this season, Strasburg posted a 3.32 ERA with 251 Ks and 56 walks. 

Over on the Astros’ side, they’re going with Justin Verlander in the start Tuesday for Game 2. Verlander logged 223.0 innings with a 21-6 record this year, tallying a 2.58 ERA, 300 Ks and 42 BBs. 

The Nationals are 5-0 in their last five in game two of a series and 21-8 in their last 29 Wednesday games. Washington is 27-8 in Strasburg’s last 35 Wednesday starts and 90-35 in his last 125 starts. 

Meanwhile, the Astros are 64-31 in their last 95 in game two of a series and 36-16 in Verlander’s last 52 starts. Houston is 56-25 in Verlander’s last 81 starts on grass and 9-4 in his last 13 with four days’ rest. 

Strasburg has had a productive postseason so far and he’s brought in good returns. He’s 3-0 in four appearances and has allowed just four earned runs in 22.0 innings of work on 18 hits. He’s also hit double-digit strikeouts twice. 

Then there’s Verlander, who is normally near infallible but has two bad starts (eight earned; 10.2 innings) alongside his two good starts (two earned; 13.2 innings) this season. He also has just a 1-2 record. 

This game is probably as good a shot as any for the Nats to get on their way to a World Series win (and jumping out 2-0 would be a shocker no one saw coming), but the key there is that Verlander has to be off. Odds are that won’t happen so I’m just going to stick with Houston here. 


Andrew’s Pick Houston Astros -180

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