The two greatest words in sports are upon us – Game Seven. The Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros will battle Wednesday night in a winner-take-all game to lift the World Series trophy. The Washington Nationals are trying to win their first ever World Series, while the Houston Astros are looking to win their second in three seasons. Washington was able to come back from an early 2-1 deficit to win Game Six 7-2 and force Wednesday’s Game Seven.
The tension in Game Six started right off the bat as the Washington Nationals got out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st thanks to a RBI single by Anthony Rendon. The Astros quickly took the lead back in the bottom of the 1st with a Jose Altuve sacrifice fly and an Alex Bregman solo home run. The game stayed at 2-1 until the top of the 5th inning when Adam Eaton and Juan Soto hit two solo home run bombs off Justin Verlander to give the Nationals a 3-2 lead. Anthony Rendon tacked on to the lead with a two-run home run, in the top of the 7th, that should have been a three-run home run had the umpires not botched a call at first base. Anthony Rendon added two more insurance runs with a two-run double in the top of the 9th inning. Rendon finished Game Six 3-4 from the plate, with a single, double and home run, scored once and knocked in five runs.
Stephen Strasburg was simply fantastic on the mound going 8.1 innings, giving up five hits and striking out seven Astros. The righty gave up just three hits, and no runs, after giving up the two runs in the first inning.
If the Nationals win Game Seven it will be the first time in World Series history that the road team won all seven games.
Below is my pick for Game Seven of the 2019 World Series. All lines are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
(Tied 3-3): Washington Nationals (+118) at Houston Astros (-136): O/U 7.5 runs (-104/-118)
Max Scherzer will be grabbing the ball for the Washington Nationals Wednesday looking to clinch the franchise’s first ever World Series title. The Nationals ace was scheduled to start Game Five, but was a late scratch due to neck and back spasms. Scherzer also started Game One of the World Series and the righty pitched five innings allowing five hits, two runs and striking out seven Astros. Scherzer has really turned it on since a rough Wild Card game and will look to continue that momentum in the final game of the 2019 season.
The Astros will turn to Zach Greinke who has struggled in two of his four postseason starts and could only last 4.2 innings in Game Three of this series. Greinke allowed seven hits in those 4.2 innings, but struck out six and allowed just one run helping the Astros to their first win of the series.
Game Seven Pitching Matchup: Max Scherzer (2.16 ERA in 25.0 playoff innings) vs Zack Greinke (5.30 ERA in 18.2 playoff innings)
Game Seven Prediction: I think the Nationals have “it” this year, whatever “it” is, so I like them to lift the trophy Wednesday night. Back the Washington Nationals at +118 to win the World Series.
MLB Playoffs Record: 20-15