The Houston Astros will be taking on the Washington Nationals in Game 3 of the World Series. The Nationals currently have a commanding 2-0 series lead, and the matchup is going to be nationally televised on Fox. The first pitch is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. ET.
Houston Astros at Washington Nationals Odds
Oddsmakers are listing Houston (-125) as the favorite over Washington (+115). Gamblers can wager on the game’s total with odds sitting at -120 for over 7.5 runs and +100 for under 7.5. There’s a runline of Astros -1.5 (+120) and Nationals +1.5 (-140) for this matchup.
The Astros have gone 114-61 SU throughout the regular season and postseason, and are 95-80 against the spread (ATS). The team hasn’t moved the needle a whole lot this year, gaining 3.5 units for moneyline gamblers and 1.7 units ATS. Houston is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven. The Nationals, on the other hand, are 103-71 SU and 101-73 ATS. The team’s gained 14.9 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 25.2 units ATS. Washington has covered the spread in each of its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven.
Nationals games have had an over/under record of 82-82-10 in 2019. Houston has been a decent under bet with a total record of 79-90-6.
Right-hander Zack Greinke is getting the nod for the visiting Astros. Greinke (18-5, 2.93 ERA) has recorded 187 strikeouts in 208.2 innings so far. He’s 1-0 with three strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against Washington this year.
The Nationals are turning to righty Anibal Sanchez (11-8, 3.85 ERA), who has 134 strikeouts and 58 walks as well as a WHIP of 1.27. Sanchez has yet to face the Astros this year and did not register a start against them in 2018.
Behind a team slash line of .216/.293/.370, Houston has averaged 3.7 runs scored through 13 playoff outings. The Nationals are hitting .255/.327/.413 through 12 games and the team has put up 5.2 runs in this year’s playoffs.
The Nationals bullpen has registered an ERA of 4.58 and a WHIP of 1.25 this postseason, while Astros relievers have a 4.69 ERA and 1.56 WHIP.
Houston’s hitters have been paced by left fielder Michael Brantley and first baseman Yuli Gurriel. Brantley is slashing .309/.371/.490 with 23 home runs, 92 RBIs and 93 runs scored. Gurriel (.292/.336/.524) has produced 32 homers, 114 RBIs and 87 runs scored.
The Nationals’ offense has been led by third baseman Anthony Rendon and shortstop Trea Turner. Rendon is hitting .320/.413/.593 with 35 home runs, 135 RBIs and 126 runs scored, while Turner’s line sits at .296/.353/.489 with 20 homers, 60 RBIs, 104 runs and 36 stolen bases.
The Nationals are looking for another victory following a 12-3 win in Game 2 of the series.
Houston Astros vs. Washington Nationals Free Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Astros, ATS Winner – Astros, O/U – OVER
The under has cashed in three of Houston’s last seven games.
The Astros have a total OPS of .838 this season and an OPS of .823 when facing right-handed pitchers. The Nationals’ OPS stands at .795 overall and .786 versus righties.
The Astros have lost three of their last four games SU.
Washington has posted 24.8 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 27.0 over its last five.
The Astros have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games. The Nationals have hit 12 over their last 10.