Houston Astros at Washington Nationals - 10/25/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Houston Astros (114-60) at Washington Nationals (102-71)
MLB Baseball: Friday, October 25, 2019 at 8:07 pm (Nationals Park)
Zack Greinke (18-7) (3.27) vs. Anibal Sanchez (12-8) (3.63)
The Line: Washington Nationals +110 / Houston Astros -120 --- Over/Under: 7.5
The Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals will match up for Game 3 of the World Series on Friday in MLB action.
In Game 1 on Tuesday, the Nationals eked out a 5-4 victory to take an early series lead. In Wednesday’s Game 2, Washington kept it going, crushing in six runs in the seventh inning to break the game open and vaulting out to a 12-3 victory and a huge 2-0 advantage in the series coming back home.
For the Friday Game 3, Houston will send out Zack Greinke in the start. Over 208.2 innings and an 18-5 record this year, Greinke posted a 3.06 ERA with 187 Ks and 30 BBs.
Over on the Nationals’ side, they’re going with Anibal Sanchez in the Game 3 start. Sanchez put up an 11-8 record this year with a 3.85 ERA and 134 Ks.
Houston is 39-14 in their last 53 after an off day and 10-4 in their last 14 road games. The Astros are 5-2 in their last seven in game three of a series and 5-2 in Greinke’s last seven starts.
Meanwhile, the Nationals are 4-0 in their last four after an off day and 4-1 in their last five playoff home games. Washington is 18-8 in their last 26 in game three of a series and 38-15 in their last 53 home games.
Greinke has been a little hit and miss this postseason, but over his last two starts he’s put up a 3.48 ERA in 10.1 innings of work. Perhaps an overlooked asset here is his bat, however. Greinke put up eight extra-base hits and three homers this season.
As for Sanchez, this is his second World Series start in his career, but the other was all the way back in 2012 with the Tigers. He’s got a nice 0.71 ERA in 12.2 innings across two starts this playoffs, though.
The Nationals have gotten off to a really, really, really, (REALLY) good start in two games, and coming home should serve as a nice lift to keep things going. All things considered however, the Astros are still the better team when both squads are at their best (or they’re supposed to be, anyway). I’m just going to stick with Houston here. That sounds a little silly with the Astros down 0-2, but sooner or later they’ve got to figure things out. (Right?)