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Houston Astros vs. Washington Nationals - 10/22/19 MLB - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Houston Astros vs. Washington Nationals
Date & Time Tuesday October 22, 2019, 8:08 PM (EDT)
Location
Minute Maid Park
Houston, TX
The Line
HOU -200 O/U 7
TV Channel
FOX
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The Washington Nationals are set to visit Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas for game 1 of the World Series as they will face the Houston Astros. The Washington Nationals swept the Saint Louis Cardinals in 4 games, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning their recent game against the Cardinals, 7-4. Patrick Corbin received the starting nod for the Washington Nationals, and he struggled as he gave up 4 earned runs in 5 innings. Trea Turner had a big game from the plate for the Nationals as he went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs.

The Washington Nationals are set to start Max Scherzer (2-0, 1.80 ERA) who had success in his latest start as he went 7 scoreless innings while striking out 11 batters against the Saint Louis Cardinals. Max Scherzer had success in his 12 road starts this season as he went 7-2 with a 2.64 ERA.

The Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees in 6 games in the ALCS, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning their recent game against the Yankees, 6-4. Brad Peacock received the starting nod in an opener role for the Houston Astros, and he struggled as he gave up 1 earned run in 1.2 innings. Yuli Gurriel had a big game from the plate for the Houston Astros as he went 2 for 4 with 1 HR and 3 RBIs.

The Houston Astros are set to start Gerrit Cole (3-0, 0.40 ERA) who had success in his latest start as he went 7 scoreless innings while striking out 7 batters against the New York Yankees. Gerrit Cole had success in his 17 home starts this season as he went 12-2 with a 2.63 ERA.

Both of these pitchers have put together dominant postseasons, but the Houston Astros have a better overall team and home-field advantage which should lead to a win. Gerrit Cole has only allowed 1 run in 22.2 innings in the postseason, and he has recorded 32 strikeouts which shows the importance of the right-handed starter. The Astros have one of the deepest lineups in baseball, and while Max Scherzer has been great this season, his bullpen has been shaky. Expect this game to be a close game throughout, but the Astros bats will find success against the Nationals bullpen.

Pick:
Houston Astros -200
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