Houston Astros vs. Washington Nationals, World Series Game 2. The Astros could not take advantage of playing at home against the Nationals to win the first game. But the team had the initiative to score the first runs. The home team’s problem was to rely only on the work of Gerrit Cole and not attack enough after the first runs. The Nationals did a job, but overall the game was balanced.
Houston Astros: The second game is another opportunity.
The Astros know that they played well in the first game of this series. But the Nationals won by just one run. The game ended 4-5 for visitors. The first two runs of the game were for the home team, and that was an indication that everything was going to work out well. But the Nationals didn’t wait long to score a run in the second inning. In the fourth inning they tied the game, and in the fifth inning they scored three runs to take a big advantage against the Astros. The home team scored two more runs in the second half.
At home the Astros are scoring an average of 5.88 runs per game, 3.92 walks, 7.33 strike outs, 9.44 hits, 1.81 home runs, 15.14 left on base. The defense is allowing up to 3.91 runs per game, 2.72 walks, 10.92 strike outs, 7.55 hits, 1.57 home runs, 12.68 left on base.
Justin Verlander to seek victory tonight. Verlander is the second secret weapon of the Astros this season. 21-6 in 34 games as starter, 223 pitched innings, 2.58 ERA, 137 hits, 66 runs, 36 home runs, 300 strike outs, 0803 WHIP. All three seasons with the Astros have been positive for Verlander. This has been the best season for him.
Washington Nationals: Everything is possible.
The Nationals are looking to win the title. The team will do everything possible to return home with an advantage of two wins. But last night against the Astros, luck also played a leading role. The Nationals know they barely beat the Astros by a 10-9 hit throughout the game. There were no mistakes by either team.
On the road the Nationals are scoring an average of 5.07 runs per game, 3.45 walks, 8.48 strike outs, 8.78 hits, 1.23 home runs, 14.20 left on base. The defense allows up to 4.09 runs, 3.23 walks, 9.30 strike outs, 7.46 hits, 1.10 home runs, 13.30 left on base.
Stephen Strasburg in the mound. 18-6 in 33 games this season. 3.32 ERA, 209 pitched innings, 161 hits, 79 runs, 24 home runs, 251 strike outs, 1038 WHIP. Strasburg is a 10-year veteran with the Nationals. But the record against the Astros is negative 0-3 since 2011, the most recent game was in August 2019 and the game ended 4-5 on the road.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Houston Astros vs. Washington Nationals 10/22/2019 is: take the OVER 7.0 (TOTALS).
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