Houston Astros vs. Washington Nationals, MLB World Series game 1. The Astros are favorites to win the world series, and the team has the advantage of playing the first game at home. The home team gave the Yankees a hard lesson to win the ALCS. But the Nationals are not here by chance. The visitors also played hard all season and now have lethal weapons in the mound.
Houston Astros: Very close to another title.
The Astros obviously want to win another title. But for now the world series is starting and the team must focus on winning at home to have a quick advantage in the series. Against the New York Yankees in the battle for the ALCS the team lost a single game at home. That defeat 0-7 was painful. But the Astros could not waste the advantage of playing at home and won two more games at home.
At home the Astros are scoring an average of 5.90 runs per game, 3.91 walks, 7.28 strike outs, 9.44 hits, 1.82 home runs and 15.02 left on base. The defense allows up to 3.90 runs per game, 2.74 walks, 10.95 strike outs, 7.53 hits, 1.56 home runs, 12.69 left on base.
The Astros have not played against the Nationals at home since 2017. The record against the Nationals is negative since September 10, 2011 with 3-14. But in more recent data (2017), the Astros lost a 1-2 home series against Washington.
Gerrit Cole to open the series at home. 20 wins and only five losses, 2.50 ERA in 33 games as starter. 212.1 pitched innings, 142 hits, 66 runs, 29 home runs, 326 strike outs and 0895 WHIP. This is the first time Gerrit Cole plays against the Nationals like playing the Astros.
Washington Nationals: We also have weapons.
The Nationals are not afraid to open the series playing in Houston. The main weapons of the Nationals are in the pitchers. Anibal Sanchez and Scherzer are the two key pieces that served to win the NLCS title against the Cardinals. 93-69 overall throughout the season including playoffs. In the series against the Cardinals, the team won both games on the road easily but with few runs due to offensive problems.
On the road the Nationals are scoring an average 5.07 runs per game, 3.48 walks, 8.49 strike outs, 8.78 hits, 1.22 home runs, 14.22 left on base. The defense allows up to 4.09 runs per game, 3.21 walks, 9.27 strike outs, 7.43 hits, 1.10 home runs, 13.16 left on base. Against the Cardinals the team allowed only one run in the only two games on the road.
Max Scherzer 11-7 in 27 as starter this season. All seasons spent with the Nationals have been almost perfect for him. But this is the first time that Scherzer will open the world series for the Nats. 2.92 ERA, 172.1 pitched innings, 144 hits, 59 runs, 18 home runs, 243 strike outs, 1027 WHIP.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Houston Astros vs. Washington Nationals 10/22/2019 is: take the Houston Astros -1.5 +110 (Spread).
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