A 12-3 thrashing of the Astros in Houston on Wednesday night has put the Nationals within two wins of the MLB World Series title. Washington took hold of a 2-2 game with six runs in the seventh innings and then continued to pile on the agony for Houston.
It doesn’t look good for the Astros as things stand. The next three games are scheduled for D.C., at least two of which Houston have to win to keep the series alive and Gerrit Cole isn’t back until Game 5 for the Astros. In addition, of the last 18 teams to take a 2-0 lead, 17 went on to win the World Series.
The Nationals are hot right now, having won 18 of their past 20 games, including a record-tying eight in a row now in the postseason.
The Astros know that they can and must improve. They can look back to the 1996 World Series for inspiration, which was the most recent example of a team losing the first two at home, but rallying to win the Series. Back then the New York Yankees lost the first two games at the Yankee Stadium 12-1 and 4-0 to the Atlanta Braves, but won the next four.
Washington Nationals vs Houston Astros – Game 3 Betting Lines & Pick
The question with regards to our World Series Game 3 prediction going into this game is whether the Astros can rediscover the regular season form that saw them win 107 games. Their self-belief appears to still be intact, but the fact is that the momentum and home-field advantage is now with the Nats. The Nationals are the tips to win again here.