The 2019 World Series got underway Tuesday night and it was Washington Nationals who came away with a surprising 5-4 win over Gerrit Cole and the Houston Astros.
The Astros got off to a quick start against Max Scherzer with a two run double to deep left by Yuli Gurriel to give Houston a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. From there it was all Washington as Ryan Zimmerman got one run back in the top half of the 2nd with a 413 foot home run to center and then Juan Soto tied the game up in the top of the 4th with a 417 foot home run to left. Adam Eaton gave the Nationals the lead in the top of the 5th with a single to right to score Kurt Suzuki and then Juan Soto added to that lead with a double to deep left scoring Anthony Rendon and Victor Robles. Washington took a 5-2 lead into the 7th inning when George Springer tried to bring the Astros back all by himself with a solo home run in the 7th and a RBI double in the bottom of the 8th, but it was too little too late as the Nationals grabbed the early series lead in the World Series.
After the National’s win on Tuesday the current odds for the World Series winner is the Houston Astros at -120 and the Washington Nationals at +100.
Below is my pick for Game Two of the 2019 World Series. All lines are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
(Wash leads 1-0): Washington Nationals (+160) at Houston Astros (-186): O/U 7.5 runs (-102/-120)
The Washington Nationals will now turn to Stephen Strasburg who has been lights out during this postseason run. Strasburg has pitched in four games, started three, and has not allowed more than three runs in any appearance. Last time out Strasburg pitched seven shutout innings in a Game Three win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS.
The Astros will look to avoid going down 2-0 with Justin Verlander on the mound. Verlander has also appeared in four games this season and has struggled a bit. Last time out Verlander gave up four runs in a seven inning loss to the New York Yankees during ALCS Game Five.
Game Two Pitching Matchup: Stephen Strasburg (1.64 ERA in 22.0 playoff innings) vs Justin Verlander (3.70 ERA in 24.1 playoff innings)
Game Two Prediction: Houston is not going to lose both games at home, so back the Astros Wednesday night.
MLB Playoffs Record: 18-12