Just four days ago the Nationals were -280 to win the World Series and had just left Houston with a 2-0 series lead. Now, the Astros have left Washington DC with a 3-2 series lead and are -900 to lift the trophy. Game Five was Sunday night, in DC, and the Astros rode three home runs and another Gerrit Cole gem to a 7-1 win. Cole pitched seven innings, struck out nine, allowed just three hits and just one run en route to picking up the win. On offense the Astros were assisted by a Yordan Alvarez two-run home run, a Carlos Correa two-run home run and a George Springer two-run home run.
The line is weird here as the Astros are -900 to win the World Series, but just -180 tomorrow, so if you think Houston is going to wrap it up it makes more sense to take the -180 Tuesday night as the line Wednesday night will be around the same if there is a Game Seven.
(Hou leads 3-2): Washington Nationals (+156) at Houston Astros (-180): O/U 7.5 runs (+100/-122)
The Washington Nationals will turn to Stephen Strasburg to keep their season alive Tuesday night. Strasburg has been dealing all postseason long and the righty took the win against the Astros in Game Two of the World Series. In Game Two, Strasburg threw six innings, gave up seven hits, two runs and struck out seven en route to picking up the win. Strasburg had three previous starts prior to World Series and he threw 19.0 innings, gave up just four runs, struck out 29 batter and allowed just 16 hits. The Nats will feel confident with Stephen Strasburg on the mound for Game Six.
Speaking of being confident, the Houston Astros will turn to Justin Verlander to close this series out on Tuesday. Verlander has struggled a bit this postseason, by his standards, having pitched 30.1 innings so far and has given up 14 runs and 25 hits during that span. In Game Two of the World Series, Verlander went six innings, gave up seven hits, four runs, and struck out just six batters en route to the loss.
Game Six Pitching Matchup: Stephen Strasburg (1.93 ERA in 28.0 playoff innings) vs Justin Verlander (3.33 ERA in 30.1 playoff innings)
Game Six Prediction: The Astros lift the trophy Tuesday night. Back the Astros at -180.
MLB Playoffs Record: 20-14