The Washington Nationals took World Series Game 1 behind an awesome effort from Juan Soto. Heading into Game 2, the favored Houston Astros’ backs are already against the wall. Will the Astros respond with a must win in Game 2, or will the Nationals take a commanding 2-0 lead? Check out the World Series odds, a preview and a free pick for Nationals vs Astros Game 2!
Nationals vs Astros World Series Game 2 Odds, Preview & Pick
- When: Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 8:08pm ET
- Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
- TV: FOX
- Radio: Nationals / Astros
- Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
- Moneyline: Astros -190
- Over/Under: 7 ½
- Clear: 23°C/74°F
- Humidity: 52%
- Precipitation: 1%
- Wind: 8 mph ESE
- Cloud Cover: 1%
- Type of Stadium: Retractable
Why Washington Nationals are a good bet at +160?
On Tuesday night, the Nationals showed why they had won 6 straight playoff games heading into the World Series. No mater who they face, Washington has the ability to get to that pitcher. On Tuesday, it was Juan Soto’s turn to shine.
Soto hit a solo home run that tied the game. Then, in the top of the fifth, he broke it open with a 2-run double that made the score 5-2. The Astros never recovered. If Washington could get to Houston’s ace, Gerrit Cole, why couldn’t they get to the Astros’ other ace, Justin Verlander?
- Runs/G: 5.39
- BA: .265
- OPS: .796
- HR: 231
- SB: 116
- ERA: 4.27
- WHIP: 1.29
- KS: 1511
- Quality Starts: 87
- Errors: 87
Why Houston Astros are a good bet at -190?Washington chased Gerrit Cole, but on Wednesday night, Houston sends their other top pitcher to the mound, Justin Verlander. Verlander has had same spotty starts during the playoffs. He shouldn’t have a bad start on Oct. 23. The reason? He’s gotten plenty of rest and had a chance to check out the Astros batters in Game 1. Not only that, but Houston stranded plenty of runners in the first matchup. Expect the Astros to correct that issue on Wednesday night.
- Runs/G: 5.68
- BA: .274
- OPS: .848
- HR: 288
- SB: 67
- ERA: 3.68
- WHIP: 1.13
- KS: 1671
- Quality Starts: 88
- Errors: 70
2019 World Series Game 2 Betting Trends for Nationals vs Astros
- Nationals are 7-0 in the last 7 playoff games
- Nationals are 5-0 in the last 5 playoff road games
- The total went OVER in 4 of Washington’s last 6 games
- Astros are 5-1 in Verlander’s last 6 home starts versus a team with a winning record
- Astros are 6-1 in the last 7 games following a loss
- The total went OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 6 games against Washington
World Series Game 2 Nationals vs Astros Betting Analysis
Sometimes a pitcher has a bad outing and that’s what happened to Gerrit Cole on Tuesday night. 3 hits opened the game up for the Washington Nationals. Cole allowed 2 solo home runs that tied it. Then, he gave up 3 runs in the fifth that put the game out of reach.
Even with a 5-2 lead, though, Houston didn’t quit. The Astros had plenty of chances to get back into the game. Heck, they had plenty of chances to break the game open before Gerrit Cole’s break down. Things should be different in Wednesday’s matchup.
Although the Nationals send tough Stephen Strasburg to the mound, the Astros counter with Justin Verlander. In a must win game, Verlander should deal on Oct. 23. The Astros are a solid play to tie the series up before heading to D.C. for Game 3.
MLB Free Pick: Houston Astros -190