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