Washington Nationals at Houston Astros - 10/29/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Washington Nationals (103-74) at Houston Astros (117-61)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 8:07 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Stephen Strasburg (22-6) (3.15) vs. Justin Verlander (22-9) (2.81)
The Line: Houston Astros -175 / Washington Nationals +160 --- Over/Under: 7.5
The Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros will meet up for Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday.
Washington jumped out to an improbable 2-0 lead in this set, eking out a 5-4 win in Game 1 and a 12-3 blowout in Game 2. Houston got back into it with wins 4-1 on Friday in Game 3 and 8-1 Saturday in Game 4. In Sunday’s pivotal Game 5, Houston flexed their muscle once again, peppering in runs en route to a 7-1 victory and a 3-2 series lead.
For Game 6 on Tuesday, the Nationals will turn to Stephen Strasburg. Across an 18-6 record and a 3.32 ERA this year, Strasburg posted 251 strikeouts.
Over on the Astros’ side, they’re going with the reliable Justin Verlander on Tuesday. Verlander went 21-6 this season with a 2.58 ERA and 300 strikeouts.
The Nationals are 6-0 in their last six road games and 6-0 in their last six playoff road games. Washington is 6-0 in their last six Tuesday games and 13-3 in Strasburg’s last 16 Tuesday starts.
Meanwhile, the Astros are 16-5 in their last 21 versus the NL East and 39-15 in their last 54 overall. Houston is 4-1 in Verlander’s last five home starts and 20-6 in his last 26 starts with five days’ rest.
And so it comes to this. Washington will be all hands on deck here following three straight losses, and don’t be surprised if Max Scherzer (who missed Game 5 with neck spasms) comes into the game in a relief role as the Nats try to stretch it to a Game 7.
Houston is returning to form, and with this one going back to Minute Maid I feel like the momentum has shifted completely and the Astros are well on their way to pummeling through another World Series win. Washington has enough of a shot at a Game 7 to take a chance that way, but it seems all Houston here.