The Washington Nationals are taking on the Houston Astros in Game 2 of the World Series. The visiting Nationals currently have a 1-0 lead in the series, and this matchup is slated to begin at 8:07 p.m. ET. The game is scheduled to be nationally televised on Fox.
Washington Nationals at Houston Astros Odds
Factoring in the regular season, the Astros are 114-60 straight up (SU) and 95-78 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 7.2 units for moneyline bettors and 3.7 units ATS. On the other hand, the Nationals have gone 102-71 SU this year and are 99-73 against the spread. They’re up 11.4 units for moneyline gamblers and 23.2 units ATS.
Houston games have had an over/under record of 77-90-6 in 2019. Nationals games have gone under 82 times, gone over 80 times and pushed on 10 instances.
The right-handed Stephen Strasburg is the projected starter for the visiting Nationals. Strasburg is 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA and 251 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Astros this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.
The Astros are turning to Justin Verlander (21-6, 2.58 ERA). Verlander has 300 punchouts and 42 walks, along with a WHIP of 0.80. Verlander did not register a start against the Nationals in 2018.
Behind a team slash line of .244/.315/.389, Washington has averaged 4.5 runs scored through 11 postseason games. Houston is hitting .213/.294/.362 over 12 games and the team has managed 3.8 runs during the 2019 playoffs.
The Astros bullpen has registered an ERA of 3.86 and a WHIP of 1.42 this postseason, while Nationals relievers have a 4.73 ERA and 1.27 WHIP.
Third baseman Anthony Rendon and shortstop Trea Turner continue to lead Washington’s hitters. Rendon is slashing .320/.413/.594 with 35 home runs, 133 RBIs and 126 runs scored. Turner (.296/.351/.490) has produced 20 homers, 60 RBIs, 102 runs and 36 stolen bases.
Outfielder Michael Brantley and first baseman Yuli Gurriel have led the Astros’ hitters this year. Brantley is slashing .308/.370/.490 with 23 home runs, 92 RBIs and 92 runs scored, while Gurriel’s line is .292/.336/.525 with 32 homers, 114 RBIs and 87 runs scored.
The Nationals are coming off of a 5-4 win in Game .
Washington Nationals at Houston Astros Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Astros, ATS Winner – Nationals, O/U – OVER
Washington has tallied 17 extra-base hits over its last five outings. Houston has 12 XBH over its last five.
Houston has posted 17 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 19 over its last five.
The Nationals have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games. The Astros have hit 13 over their last 10.
The Nationals have an OPS of .793 this season and an OPS of .783 when facing right-handed pitchers. The Astros’ OPS stands at .838 overall and .824 versus righties.