Washington Nationals vs. Houston Astros World Series Game 5 - 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. Joe Ross (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Washington Nationals +210 / Houston Astros -240 --- Over/Under: 8
The Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals will match up for Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday.
Washington jumped out to an improbable 2-0 series lead here, posting a 5-4 victory in Game 1 and a 12-3 blowout win on Wednesday in Game 2. Houston struck back Friday 4-1 to show some life in Game 3, then cruised to an 8-1 victory in the Saturday Game 4 to even the set at 2-2 apiece.
For Sunday’s Game 5, the Astros will send out Gerrit Cole in the start. Over 212.1 innings and a 20-5 mark this year, Cole put up a 2.50 ERA with 326 Ks and 48 walks.
Over on the Nationals’ side, they were going to go with Max Scherzer here, but he was a late scratch due to neck spasms. It'll be Joe Ross in the starting role.
The Astros are 4-1 in their last five road games and 22-5 in their last 27 Sunday games. Houston is 8-0 in Cole’s last eight road starts and 5-0 in his last five Sunday starts.
Meanwhile, the Nationals are 7-2 in their last nine Sunday games and 42-18 in their last 60 overall. Washington is 8-2 in their last 10 playoff games and 38-17 in their last 55 home games.
Cole was pushed for five runs on eight hits in seven innings in Game 1, which is an odd situation for a very dominant pitcher to be in. It was his first loss since May 22, and he’ll be looking to get some revenge here.
With Scherzer out, it's obviously a huge blow to the Nationals but pick-wise it doesn't make much difference to me; it's just a fatter number. Hopefully Scherzer can return for Game 6 or 7. Washington will need him.
The Astros seem to be gaining their momentum back after a couple of missteps in the first two games, and it feels full steam ahead for Houston here.