The first two games of the 2019 season has not gone how most people expected as the Washington Nationals went into Houston and took the first two games of the series. Now firmly in the driver’s seat the Nationals will look to clinch the franchise’s first World Series title. After winning Game One 5-4 the Nats exploded in the 7th inning of Game Two and left Houston with a 12-3 win and a 2-0 series lead.
Game Two started off with some fireworks as Anthony Rendon doubled to left, in the top of the 1st, to give the Nationals an early 2-0 lead, but that lead did not last long as Alex Bregman answered in the bottom of the 1st with a 411 foot two-run HR to left field to tie it up. It stayed tied at two until the top half of the 7th inning when the Nats scored six runs in the 7th, three runs in the 8th and one run in the 9th to easily walk away with the 12-3 win.
After the National’s win on Wednesday the current odds for the World Series winner is the Washington Nationals at -280 and the Houston Astros at+225. If you think the Nationals will sweep the Astros right out of the World Series you can get those odds at +330.
Below is my pick for Game Three of the 2019 World Series. All lines are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
(Wash leads 2-0): Houston Astros (-140) at Washington Nationals (+122): O/U 8 runs (-106/-116)
The Astros will now turn to Zach Greinke who has struggled in two of his three postseason starts. Greinke started Game three of the ALDS, against the Rays, and gave up six runs, on five hits, in just 3.2 innings of work. Greinke returned to the mound for Game One and Game Four of the ALCS, against the Yankees, where he pitched 10.1 total innings and gave up four runs and 10 hits. Greinke started one game against the Nationals earlier this season and the righty gave up just two hits and held the Nats to a .091 batting average against.
Washington will turn to the red hot Anibal Sanchez who has started one game in both the NLCS and NLDS and has given up just one run in both starts combined. Sanchez pitched five one run innings against the Dodgers in the NLDS and then pitched a 7.2 inning one hit masterpiece against the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS.
Game Three Pitching Matchup: Zack Greinke (6.43 ERA in 14.0 playoff innings) vs Anibal Sanchez (0.71 ERA in 12.2 playoff innings)
Game Three Prediction: I still think Houston make this a competitive series, so I am backing the Astros at -140 Friday night.
MLB Playoffs Record: 18-13