Washington Nationals Max Scherzer Takes the Mound Tonight Against the Houston Astros
|Betting Odds & Stats|
|Washington Nationals||MLB LINES||Houston Astros|
|Over 45||TOTAL||Under 7.5|
|Max Scherzer||PITCHER||Zack Greinke|
1-Nationals manager Dave Martinez was ejected in the seventh inning of Game 6, the first skipper to be thrown out of a World Series game since Atlanta's Bobby Cox in Game 6 in 1996.
2-Houston OF George Springer doubled twice in Game 6 for his fourth two-hit game of the series and he is 8-for-23 with two homers, four RBIs, four doubles and six walks.
3-Washington is 1-for-19 with runners in scoring position and has left 21 men on base over the last two games.
|Reason for Washington Nationals +123|
|Max Scherzer Washington Nationals Starting Pitcher|
The Washington Nationals come into this matchup with a 3-3 record in this series, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning their recent road game against the Houston Astros, 7-2. The offense was more than enough for Stephen Strasburg, who gave up two runs over 8.1 innings in the 7-2 victory. He’s now 5-0 in the 2019 playoffs, becoming the first pitcher in baseball history to go 5-0 in a single postseason.
All the Nationals asked for is an opportunity to compete and win a championship, and by winning on Tuesday night, they’ve given themselves a one-off chance to beat the Astros in the finale.
The starting pitcher Max Scherzer is expected to return to the mound on Wednesday night after being sidelined with back and neck spasms. The 35-year-old righty is throwing a 2.92 ERA on the season with a 1.03 WHIP and an 11-7 record.
He has earned decision nods in each of his last three playoff appearances. The three-time Cy Young Award winner will be making his third World Series start, having made his first in 2012 for the Detroit Tigers.
Nationals are 4-0 in their last 4 interleague road games. Nationals are 6-0 in their last 6 road games against a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. Nationals are 6-0 in their last 6 playoff road games. Nationals are 4-0 in their last 4 interleague road.
|Reason for Houston Astros -133|
|Zack Greinke Houston Astros Starting Pitcher|
It’s only fitting that the entire season for the Astros comes down to the blockbuster trade for Zack Greinke. Whether the Astros win another World Series title or fold beneath the might of the Nationals’ historic run will land on the shoulders of the man who completed one of the greatest pitching rotations we’ve seen in years.
The woes of Justin Verlander in the Fall Classic continues, as he took another loss in Game 6, dropping his career record to 0-6 in seven World Series starts. Houston had a chance to wrap up the series Tuesday, but stumbled in a 7-2 loss. They’ve now lost all three home games so far — in fact, the road team has won every game of the series.
The Astros come into this matchup with a 3-3 record in this series, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning their recent home game against the Washington Nationals, 7-2.
Zack Greinke (0-2, 5.30 ERA) who had success in his latest start as he gave up 1 earned run in 4.2 innings against the Washington Nationals. Zack Greinke had success in his 15 home starts this season as he went 8-1 with a 3.27 ERA.
Astros are 2-5 in their last 7 World Series home games. Astros are 1-4 in their last 5 interleague home games against a team with a winning record.
PREDICTION & PICK
Washington are capable of turning things around quickly and Chris Flexen has been solid for most of the season, but that line doesn't make much sense. The Astros have been hit or lost throughout the year, but right now they are playing their best ball of the season with wins in five of their last six games, and have won their last two games by a combined score of 16-3. .