At the beginning of the 2019 baseball season, the Nationals were written off for dead. That is because superstar power hitter Bryce Harper defected to the Philadelphia Phillies. The upside-down flag of distress flew at Nationals Park. And a terrible start to the baseball betting only added to the gloom. Washington was gushing red ink and stuck in the muck at the All-Star break. However, the Nats were saved by strong starting pitching and considerably improved run production. After getting in as a wild card team they stunned the Dodgers and Cardinals to win the National League pennant.
2019 World Series: Washington Nationals vs. Houston Astros
Washington Nationals vs. Houston Astros World Series Overview
Washington posted a sportsbook record of 93-67 with just 75 games going over the total. Overall the Nationals ranked sixth for run production and second for quality starts on the mound. Of great concern is a bullpen ranked dead last in the regular season. Of the ten playoff teams, it ranks eighth in the postseason.
By contrast, the Astros were 107-55 with only 71 games going over the total. Houston ranked third for both run production and staff earned run average. Specifically, the Astros bullpen ranked third best in the big leagues.
Key Nationals Hitters: 3B Anthony Rendon (117 R, 44 2B, 34 HR, 126 RBI, .319 AVG, 1.010 OPS), LF Juan Soto (110 R, 32 2B, 34 HR, 110 RBI, .282 AVG, .949 OPS)
Key Nationals Pitchers: SP Stephen Strasburg (18-6, 209 IP, 251 K, 1.04 WHIP, 3.32 ERA), RP Sean Doolittle (6-5, 29 SV, 60 IP, 66 K, 1.30 WHIP, 4.05 ERA)
Key Astros Hitters: 3B Alex Bregman (122 R, 37 2B, 41 HR, 112 RBI, 119 BB, .296 AVG, 1.015 OPS), RF George Springer (96 R, 20 2B, 39 HR, 96 RBI, .292 AVG, .974 OPS)
Key Astros Pitchers: SP Justin Verlander (21-6, 12.1 K9, 0.80 WHIP, 2.58 ERA), SP Gerrit Cole (20-5, 13.8 K9, 0.89 WHIP, 2.50 ERA), RP Robert Osuna 4-3, 38 SV, 10.1 K9, 0.88 WHIP, 2.63 ERA)
Washington and Houston Vs. the Odds
The Nationals are:
- 9-4 in their last 13 away games
- 3-7-1 under the total on the road
- 13-1 in their last 14 games at Nationals Park
- 6-2 over the total at home
- 12-3 at home against the Astros
- 6-2 over the total head to head at National Park with Houston
The Astros are:
- 14-5 in their last 19 games at Minute Maid Park
- 5-3-1 over the total at home
- 14-6 in their last 20 away games
- 6-14 under the total on the road
- 3-9 at Minute Maid Park against the Astros
- 2-8 under the total when hosting Washington
2019 World Series Baseball Odds Today Betting Odds Picks
In this situation, we have two strong offensive teams. The baseball betting difference is the Astros pitching. In particular, the Houston bullpen is vastly superior compared to Washington.
2019 World Series Baseball Odds Today Betting Online Pick: Houston Astros
2019 World Series Baseball Odds Today Betting Online Series Prediction: Houston Astros to win in five games
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