Game 2 –
Game 2 of the best-of-seven World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals takes place at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday evening.
The Nats claimed the early initiative in the series by winning 5-4 in Game 1 in Houston on Tuesday night.
The 20 year-old prodigy Juan Soto hit a solo homer in the top of the 4th innings to tie the game for the Nationals (in doing so, he became the fourth-youngest player to hit a World Series home-run) and a two-run double in the 5th to give them a 5-2 lead. Pitcher Max Scherzer tossed five impressive innings for Washington, striking out seven and allowing just two runs.
It had started well for the Astros, with Yuli Gurriel hitting a two-run double to put Houston 2-0 up in the 1st innings. Houston pitcher Gerrit Cole saw his 19-game winning streak that stretched back 25 starts to May brought to an abrupt end. He went seven full innings with six strikeouts, but he gave up three runs in the 5th innings.
Houston Astros vs Washington Nationals Betting Lines & Prediction – Game 2
Home-field advantage and what is a better overall team wasn’t enough for the Astros in Game 1, but those are factors that still need to be taken into consideration for MLB predictions going into Wednesday’s game.
The Astros can recover from the poor start and are the tip to level up the series at 1-1 with a win on Wednesday night.
MLB Prediction: Money Line – Houston Astros to Win at -182 (1.55) with bet365
Game 1 –
It’s Game 1 of the best-of-seven World Series on Tuesday evening, as the Houston Astros welcome the Washington Nationals to Minute Maid Park.
It will be the Astros second World Series in three years, having beaten the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017. They had an MLB-high 107 wins over the season.
The Astros booked their place in the World Series by beating the New York Yankees 6-4 on Saturday to secure a 4-2 series victory and win the American League Championship Series.
Gerrit Cole will be the Astros’ pitcher in Game 1 and he is on a great run at present, going 19-0 with a 1.59 ERA, a 0.81 WHIP and 258 strikeouts in 169 1/3 innings in his last 25 starts.
The Nationals reached the World Series for the first time by sweeping the St Louis Cardinals 4-0 to win the National League and advance to the World Series. The ease of that win has given them six days to prepare for the Finals.
Houston Astros vs Washington Nationals Betting Lines & Prediction
It’s been a remarkable transformation for the Washington Nationals over the course of the season, whose manager Dave Martinez had faced the sack in May after a 19-31 start to the campaign. They rallied in the second half of the season to earn a wild-card berth in the National League.
Max Scherzer looks set to get the ball for the Nats in Game 1.
In terms of MLB World Series predictions, the Astros have greater overall depth than the Nationals and that could prove decisive over the series. The Astros can start with a win here and the tip is to back them on the Run Line -1.5 at +115 (2.15) with bet365.
MLB Prediction: Run Line: Houston Astros -1.5 @ +115 (2.15) with bet365