Astros vs Nationals:Most impressively, Washington earned the road victories opposite Houston’s top starters. The Nats handed losses to Cy Young candidates Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander, tagging them for a combined 15 hits and nine runs over 13 innings.
The Washington Nationals will look to push the Houston Astros to the brink of elimination when they meet in Game 3 of the 2019 World Series. The Nationals (93-69), who lead the best-of-seven series 2-0, are 10-2 in the postseason, while the Astros (107-55) posted the best record in baseball during the regular season. Friday’s first pitch is set for 8:07 p.m. ET from Nationals Park, and Houston is 2-3 on the road in the postseason. The latest Astros vs. Nationals odds show Houston favored at -141 on the money line (risk $141 to win $100), while the over-under for total runs scored is eight. Before making any Nationals vs. Astros picks of your own, look at the MLB predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
World Series Game 3 Info
When: Friday, Oct. 26 at 8:07 p.m. ET
Live stream: Fox Sports Go
Odds (via Caesars): Astros (-137; bet $137 to win $100); Nationals (+127; bet $100 to win $127)
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As if the Nationals’ current 2-0 edge wasn’t surprising enough, they managed to avoid taxing the bullpen too. Washington hardly could’ve asked for a more ideal start to the series, perhaps with Patrick Corbin’s relief appearance in Game 1 the main exception.
The Nationals have the Astros on the ropes with the 2019 World Series headed back to Washington for Game 3 on Friday.
After narrowly holding off Houston in the series opener, the Nationals demolished their AL foe by a score of 12-3 in Game 2. Now, they’re just two victories away from winning the World Series, and they get to face a struggling Zack Greinke at home before a likely bullpen game from the Astros.
Below is everything you need to know to watch the 2019 World Series between the Astros and Nationals, including TV channels and first-pitch times for Game 3.
When October baseball rolls around, it’s sometimes best to expect the unexpected.
On paper, the 2019 World Series seemed a pitching matchup for the ages. There have been 24 runs scored through two games.
On paper, the Houston Astros were the heaviest championship-round favorites in more than a decade. The Washington Nationals took the first two games on the road and have only trailed in three of this series’ 18 innings.
This series is approaching danger-zone territory for the Astros, although a Game 3 victory would potentially change everything.
The Houston Astros spent the 2019 regular season aiming for the best record in the American League and gaining home field advantage throughout the postseason.
However, their home-field advantage went out the window when the Astros lost the first two games of the World Series to the Washington Nationals. In Thursday’s episode of “Nothing Personal with David Samson,” the host pointed out that the Astros lost everything that they worked for the entire season and the Nationals’ success shows why the games are played.
They spent all season trying to get home field advantage,” Samson said. “Houston had it, best home record. This is a cakewalk, second World Series in three years and favored two and a half to one. Wouldn’t you know it? You have to play the games.”
After dropping a narrow 5-4 decision to the Nationals in Game 1, the two teams traded runs in the first inning. Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon hit a two-run double to give his team the 2-0 lead. However, the Astros answered with a two-run home run from Alex Bregman.
Then the Nationals exploded for a six-run seventh inning that was highlighted by a solo home run from an unlikely hero in Kurt Suzuki. Washington went on to win the game 12-3 and now have a commanding lead in the World Series.
Now the Astros finished the regular season with an MLB-best 107-55 record. However, with losses in the opening two games of the series, home-field advantage is gone.