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Houston Astros vs. Washington Nationals - 10/23/19 MLB - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Houston Astros vs. Washington Nationals
Date & Time Wednesday October 23, 2019, 8:07 PM (EDT)
Location
Minute Maid Park
Houston, TX
The Line
HOU -185 O/U 7.5
TV Channel
FOX
Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Nationals are set to visit Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas for Game 2 of the World Series as they will face the Houston Astros. The Washington Nationals come into this matchup with a 1-0 record in this series, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning game 1 against the Houston Astros, 5-4. Max Scherzer received the starting nod for the Washington Nationals, and he had success as he gave up 2 earned runs in 5 innings. Juan Soto had a big game from the plate for the Washington Nationals as he went 3 for 4 with 1 HR and 3 RBIs.

The Washington Nationals are set to start Stephen Strasburg (3-0, 1.64 ERA) who had success in his latest start as he went 7 scoreless innings while striking out 12 batters against the Saint Louis Cardinals. Stephen Strasburg had success in his 19 road starts this season as he went 8-4 with a 3.39 ERA.

The Houston Astros come into this matchup with a 0-1 record in this series, and they will be looking to rebound after dropping Game 1 against the Washington Nationals, 5-4. Gerrit Cole received the starting nod for the Houston Astros, and he struggled as he gave up 5 earned runs in 7 innings. George Springer had a solid game from the plate for the Houston Astros as he went 2 for 3 with 1 HR and 2 RBIs.

The Houston Astros are set to start Justin Verlander (1-2, 3.70 ERA) who struggled in his latest start as he gave up 4 earned runs in 7 innings against the New York Yankees. Justin Verlander had success in his 17 home starts this season as he went 10-4 with a 2.34 ERA.

The Washington Nationals have been a team from destiny throughout the playoffs, and after watching game 1, it is apparent this a true World Series contender. The Nationals are well-rested after winning the NLCS in 4 games, and they showed that in game 1 as they were able to bring starters out of the bullpen. The Nationals will have the pitching advantage in this matchup with Stephen Strasburg as he has been amazing throughout the postseason while Verlander has been inconsistent. The knock on the Washington Nationals has been whether or not they have enough power in their lineup to do damage on the Astros, and the answer to that is yes.

Pick:
Washington Nationals +165
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