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World Series Game 4: Astros Enter As Dogs, Trying To Even Series

Game 4 World Series Betting Odds

The Houston Astros are back in the World Series, winning Game 3 behind a strong bullpen performance. They’re underdogs for the first time this series in Game 4, when they send rookie Jose Urquidy to the mound against Washington’s prized free agent signing Patrick Corbin.

Matchup Information
  • Houston Astros vs Washington Nationals (Matchup Page)
  • Date/Time: October 26, 8:07 PM ET
  • TV Coverage: FOX
  • Opening Odds: HOU +200/WSH -230 | O/U 8.5  (Odds Page)
  • Starting Pitchers: HOU Urquidy (2-1, 3.77 ERA), WSH Corbin (15-8, 3.49)

Opening Odds Analysis

Washing opened as big favorites in Game 4, as they’re sending Patrick Corbin to take the mound against unproven rookie Jose Urquidy. With the pitching matchup slightly less prestigious than the previous three games, the total has also hit a series-high 8.5 runs.

Houston News & Notes

Entering the playoffs, all the talk was about how the backbone of Houston’s success would be their starting pitching and their offense, with the bullpen being their vulnerability. The bullpen, however, has been a strength for the Astros during the postseason, and the relievers proved their worth in Game 3.

Starter Zack Greinke labored through 4.2 innings, yielding seven hits and three walks, but only one run. He departed with two on and two out in the fifth, and Houston went to their bullpen to preserve a two-run lead.

The next five Astros pitchers combined to throw four scoreless innings, allowing just two hits while striking out seven as Houston took Game 3 by a 4-1 score. After a strong performance in the ALCS, the bullpen struggled through the first two games of the Fall Classic, but Friday’s performance just what Houston needed.

The Astros will likely need similar production from their relievers on Saturday too, as starter Jose Urquidy has just 4.1 innings pitched across two playoff outings.

Washington News & Notes

The Nationals’ incredible clutch hitting was bound to cool down a little… and in Game 3 Washington went ice cold in their biggest moments. After hitting .333 with runners in scoring position through the first two games, the Nationals went 0-for-10 in such situations Friday, leaving 16 runners on base.

While the Nats’ hitters will need to do better in key situations during Game 4, the most pressure falls on starter Patrick Corbin. The prize of last season’s free agent pitching market, Corbin signed a $140-million deal prior to this season. He’s been up-and-down during these playoffs, having some good appearances and some absolute duds.

He may have six years left on his deal, but a strong performance in his first World Series start ever could make his entire contract be viewed as a resounding success to Nationals fans — forever.

Betting Pick: NATIONALS -145

Washington signed Patrick Corbin for this exact situation. At home, against a volatile rookie with a 3-1 series lead on the line? I’ll bet on the veteran delivering a great performance.

Shark Bites
  • Houston is 2-12 SU in their last 14 games against Washington.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 road games.
  • Washington is 10-3 SU in their last 13 games at home against Houston.