Washington Nationals vs. Houston Astros - 10/27/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Houston Astros (115-61) at Washington Nationals (103-72)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 8:07 pm (Nationals Park)
Gerrit Cole (23-6) (2.42) vs. Max Scherzer (14-7) (2.83)
The Line: Washington Nationals -120 / Houston Astros +100 --- Over/Under:
The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals meet Sunday in game five of the World Series at Nationals Park.
The Houston Astros can take control of this series with a third straight win and a 3-2 lead. The Astros has scored 12 runs in their last two games and they’ve now won seven of eight postseason games when scoring at least four runs. The Houston Astros have also won four of their last five postseason road games. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 23 hits and eight RBI while Michael Brantley and Yuli Gurriel have combined for 33 hits and 15 RBI. Gerrit Cole gets the ball, and he was 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts this season. Cole is 5-4 with a 2.76 ERA and 69 strikeouts in his postseason career.
The Washington Nationals hope to stop the bleeding and win this game to take a 3-2 series lead. The Nationals pitching staff finally had a poor performance, allowing more than four runs for the first time since game three against the Dodgers. The Washington Nationals have lost five of their last seven games when allowing more than four runs. Offensively, Anthony Rendon leads the Nationals with 16 hits and nine RBI while Trea Turner and Howie Kendrick have combined for 29 hits and 13 RBI. Max Scherzer gets the ball, and he was 11-7 with a 2.92 ERA and 243 strikeouts this season. Scherzer is 7-5 with a 3.36 ERA and 134 strikeouts in his postseason career.
The Astros are 22-5 in their last 27 Sunday games, 8-0 in Coles last 8 road starts and 54-17 in Coles last 71 starts. The Nationals are 7-2 in their last 9 Sunday games, 5-1 in Scherzers last 6 home starts and 16-5 in Scherzers last 21 starts. The Astros are 3-10 in the last 13 meetings in Washington and 6-21 in the last 27 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Scherzers last 7 starts overall. The under is 5-2-1 in Coles last 8 starts overall.
Cole has allowed 18 hits and six runs in his last 29.2 innings, and the Astros have lost just twice with him on the hill since July. Scherzer has allowed 14 hits and six runs in his last 25 innings, and the Nets have won six straight games with him on the mound. The Washington Nationals aren't out of things by any means and have an ace quality pitcher on the mound here, but it feels like they blew their chance to really take complete control of this series. The Houston Astros have found their offense and now have to feel like they're in the driver seat with Cole and Verlander pitching again. I have to ride the Astros momentum.