Game: MLB World Series ✅ Washington Nationals v Houston Astros Preview, Handicapping, Analysis, Stats, MLB Betting Odds & Lines, Nationals vs Astros Picks & Nationals vs Astros Predictions
Date: Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019
Start time: 8:08 PM EST, Minute Maid Park
TV Channel: FOX
Best Houston Astros Lines: (-187) MoneyLine – BETONLINE
Total Runs Over/Under 6½: – BOVADA
In MLB World Series Game 1, we will see Washington Nationals (M. Scherzer -R) at Houston Astros (G. Cole -R).
The Washington Nationals are the ‘Cinderella story’ this year. They were one game away from going home in the Wild Card game against Milwaukee but managed to beat them in a very wild game, in order to advance to the postseason. The Nationals have won their last six games in a row and Scherzer is their in-form player prior to this game. He pitched seven innings against the Cardinals in a shutout.
The Houston Astros were slept on during the regular season until they made ‘that’ trade that everyone talked about. They acquired a great pitcher like who was added to an already good pitching mix. Cole will start for the Astros in game 1 and the good thing is that they overcome their kryptonite- the New York Yankees. Now with them out of the way, they will certainly have a boosted confidence. Cole has allowed just 1 run this postseason and it will be interesting to see how he will fare against the hottest team in baseball at the moment.
The Astros’ bullpen is also very good and I expect them to close the game very well. However, I’m not sure how much they will be able to score against Scherzer. The same can be said about the Nationals as well. Game 1 is always difficult to predict and teams tend to be a bit conservative with the offense.