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Nationals Look For Historic Road Team Sweep in World Series

There’s no two words more exciting than “Game 7.” The road team has won the first six games of the World Series, and with the visiting Nationals starting Max Scherzer, oddsmakers have Washington almost EVEN against Houston to complete the road sweep — and win the franchise’s first World Series.

Matchup Information
  • Washington Nationals vs Houston Astros (Matchup Report)
  • Date/Time: October 30, 8:08 p.m. ET
  • TV Coverage: FOX
  • Opening Odds: WSH +124/HOU -134 | O/U 7.5 (Line History)
  • Starting Pitchers: WSH Scherzer (14-7, 2.83 ERA), HOU Greinke (18-7, 3.25)

Opening Odds Analysis

Houston is technically the favorite in Game 7, but with Scherzer against Greinke, it’s nearly a pick’em game. Despite the total going OVER in four of six games in this series, the total for Game 7 again opened at just 7.5 runs.

Washington News & Notes

When your season is on the line, you need your biggest stars to deliver, and that’s exactly what happened in Game 6 of the World Series.

Juan Soto hit a mammoth blast for his fifth round-tripper in the playoffs, setting the MLB record for most home runs in a single postseason by a player under 22 years old, while Anthony Rendon went 3-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs.

The offense was more than enough for Stephen Strasburg, who gave up two runs over 8.1 innings in the 7-2 victory. He’s now 5-0 in the 2019 playoffs, becoming the first pitcher in baseball history to go 5-0 in a single postseason.

He is now expected to hand the ball to Max Scherzer, who was scratched from his Game 5 start with neck spasms but was cleared Tuesday to pitch a potential Game 7. The Nationals are 9-0 this postseason when Strasburg or Scherzer start, and that 10th win would mean the first World Series title in franchise history.

Houston News & Notes

The woes of Justin Verlander in the Fall Classic continue, as he took another loss in Game 6, dropping his career record to 0-6 in seven World Series starts.

Houston had a chance to wrap up the series Tuesday but stumbled in a 7-2 loss. The Astros have now lost all three home games so far — in fact, the road team has won every game of the series.

The loss now means that Houston will turn to Zack Greinke in this winner-take-all Game 7. Greinke was acquired at the trade deadline to solidify the rotation, but he’s only reached the fifth inning in one of his four postseason starts and has a career 4.31 ERA in the playoffs.

He’ll need to deliver his best game yet as Houston not only tries to deny the Nationals their first World Series title but looks to avoid being the first team to lose all four home games in a World Series.

Betting Pick: Washington +124

The Nats are 9-0 with Strasburg or Scherzer on the mound in the playoffs, while the road team is 6-0 in this series. I think that goes to 10-0 and 7-0, and the Nationals take Game 7 for a truly historic win.

Shark Bites
  • Washington is 7-0 SU in its last 7 road games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston’s last 7 games vs Washington.
  • Houston is 1-11 SU in its last 12 home games vs Washington.