World Series: Houston Astros vs Washington Nationals

MLB World Series 2019
MLB World Series 2019

The Houston Astros meet the Washington Nationals for the most prestigious prize in all of baseball – the World Series – for the first time in history.

Preview

No team in all of Major League Baseball won more games during the regular season than the Houston Astros and they have consistently shown why in the playoffs. After eliminating the Tampa Bay Rays, they made short work of the New York Yankees – beating them twice in the Bronx, proving they can get the job done in any ball park. At home, they were even more dominant taking two of three against the Yankees in the American League Championship Series.

Unlike the Astros, Washington did not win their division and were not pegged to mount a serious playoff push. After coming back from behind to eliminate the Milwaukee Brewers in the Wild Card game, they eliminated the best team during the regular season in the National League – the Los Angeles Dodgers. They were even more impressive in the National League Championship Series sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals in four consecutive games. As a result, they will not fear anyone and will be more than confident in their ability to knock off the Houston Astros.  They will also be well rested and prepared for the World Series, having the luxury of setting up their rotation however they’d like.

Baseball fans will be in for a real treat as David meets Goliath in what could prove to be an all-time classic World Series. Thus far in the postseason, Washington has had the better pitching with an overall ERA of 2.90. However, Houston’s Jose Altuve has the most home runs in the playoffs with five and has an impressive eight RBIs to go along with that.

This series could go the distance though, as both squads are playing incredible baseball and will not go down without a fight. Washington has the firepower to score a lot of runs as we saw in the NLCS and it will be worth keeping an eye on whether the Houston pitchers will be able shut down their flourishing offense. The over may be worth laying money on most games in this series as both teams can hit the ball, despite pitching also being at a high level.

Statistics

Head to Head

Houston and Washington did not play each other during the regular season, but the Nationals beat the Astros five out of six games in Spring Training.

Stats

  • The Washington Nationals were just one of two current Major League Baseball franchises to have never played in the World Series.
  • Only six Wild Card teams in history have won the World Series. The Washington Nationals would be the seventh if they beat New York.
  • Only two teams who qualified for the 2019 playoffs had less wins in the regular season than the Washington Nationals.
  • The Washington Nationals are 16-2 in their last 18 games.
  • Washington is 8-2 so far in the MLB playoffs
  • This will be the 115th edition of the World Series.
  • The Washington Nationals have posted a winning record for the past eight consecutive seasons.
  • Washington has had the third best pitching in the postseason with an ERA of 2.90
  • Houston’s Jose Altuve leads the MLB with four playoff home runs.
  • Houston won 107 games during the regular season – the most in the entire MLB.
  • The Astros last won the World Series in 2017.
  • Jose Altuve and Yuli Gurriel are tied for the second most RBIs in the American League with eight each.
  • Washington’s Howie Kendrick has the most RBIs this postseason in all of Major League Baseball with nine.

Betting tips and Predictions

Houston to win the World Series in six games

Houston has just been too good throughout the year to be stopped. Yes, Washington is on fire at the moment, but the Astros are the better overall baseball team and have the experience of winning a championship. They should win their second World Series title in three years.

Over on most nights

Go with the over throughout this series as it should pay off. Both teams can hit the ball better than they can pitch it and with everything on the line in this series, we should see the very best at the plate.

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