Houston Astros vs Washington Nationals Live: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.
This model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, entered the 2019 World Series up over $800 for $100 players on top-rated MLB picks this season. The model was especially strong on top-rated money line picks this season, entering the World Series on a profitable 158-130 run. Anyone who has been following it is way up.
Now, the model has dialed in on Nationals vs. Astros. We can tell you it’s leaning over eight runs, and it also says one side of the money line has all the value. You can only see that pick at SportsLine.
The model knows the Astros will send right-hander Zack Greinke (18-5, 2.93 ERA) to the mound. Despite being 0-2 in the postseason, Greinke has pitched well in his last two starts, allowing four earned runs and four walks in 10 1/3 innings, striking out 11. He had a 3.48 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees.
Here’s what you need to know:
Who: Astros vs. Nationals
What: World Series, Game 3
When: Friday Oct. 25, 2019
Where: Nationals Park
Time: 8:07 p.m.
As the 2019 World Series heads to the nation’s capital, the Washington Nationals hold a surprising 2-0 lead over the Houston Astros.
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.
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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.
Because sports work in funny ways, it will probably be the DraftKings Showdown lineup we pick for the World Series without any pitchers that sees the best pitching performances. But that’s what we’re doing for our Game 3 DFS action for Friday night’s game in Washington. Neither Zack Greinke nor Anibal Sanchez provide the type of strikeout upside that makes them appealing enough in this single-game contest. Instead, we’ve got some favorable batter-vs.-pitcher data, along with a feeling that the Astros are going to bounce back after losing both games at home.
George Springer is our captain. He bashes in October and has numbers against Sanchez. Hitting leadoff in the offense I’m counting on having a better night is just the cherry on top. One game of baseball is next to impossible to predict, but Springer feels like as safe a bet as any to lead the lineup.
DraftKings Showdown World Series Picks: Astros vs. Nationals Game 3
CAPTAIN (1.5x points, 1.5x price): OF George Springer, Astros ($14,400). Springer is 3-for-5 with a homer and a walk off Sanchez. That’s not a lot to go on, but it’s enough to make me confident he won’t be totally fooled by anything Sanchez throws. All it takes is one big hit out of Springer to make paying higher for the captain than I did in the first two games to pay off.
FLEX: 3B Alex Bregman, Astros ($9,000). We’ll have plenty of action at the top of the Astros’ order, and Bregman homered in Game 2 off Stephen Strasburg. Sanchez shouldn’t pose much issue for him either.
FLEX: OF Michael Brantley, Astros ($7,200). Brantley continues to be underpriced as the Astros’ three-hitter, and we’ll keep playing him. He’s also a solid 9-for-30 with a triple off Sanchez, with only one strikeout in the 30 at-bats. He’ll square a couple balls up Friday night.
The 2019 World Series continues Wednesday, with the Houston Astros hosting the Washington Nationals at Minute Maid Park for Game 2. The Nationals won Game 1 by a 5-4 final behind a strong performance from Juan Soto and a gutsy outing from Max Scherzer. Stephen Strasburg will take the mound for Washington in Game 2. The Astros, for their part, are hoping for better pitching from Justin Verlander and for their lineup to cash in more of their scoring opportunities.