2019 MLB World Series: Game 1 Preview

The 2019 MLB World Series has finally arrived and Game 1 is tonight! Let’s preview the opening game right here and right now with all the insight and hot takes you need to know. 

Washington Nationals at Houston Astros

2019 MLB World Series: Game 1

Minute Maid Park

Betting

First of all, I love the Astros at the -1.5 series spread for EVEN money. This means that if the Astros win the 2019 MLB World Series in Game 4, 5, or 6 you win the bet! The only way this bet loses is if a Game 7 takes place. So act fast because I’m sure this change will change soon and will not be such a steal.

Obviously, since I like the Astros in this series, I like them to win Game 1 tonight. The Astros (-190) have an implied run total of nearly 4 runs while the Nationals (+175) are expected to score around 3 runs. Of course, this puts the OVER/UNDER of 7 in serious question. I’ll probably be avoiding the runlines, totals, and F5 all series and strictly look for the best Astros moneyline for each game.

Projected Lineups

Washington NationalsHouston Astros
Starting Pitcher: Max ScherzerStarting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole
1. Trea Turner1. George Springer
2. Adam Eaton2. Jose Altuve
3. Anthony Rendon3. Michael Brantley
4. Juan Soto4. Alex Bregman
5. Howie Kendrick5. Yulieski Gurriel
6. Ryan Zimmerman6. Carlos Correa
7. Asdrubal Cabrera7. Yordan Alvarez
8. Kurt Suzuki8. Martin Maldonado
9. Victor Robles9. Josh Reddick

Pitching and Batting Takes

The Nationals have had much longer to rest ahead of Game 1 and I’m on the side that says more rest between these games is a problem. The Astros, having played more recently, will continue to swing a hot bat as long as they can get to this struggling Nationals bullpen. As for the Nationals, they need to ride Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and Patrick Corbin for as much as they can handle in this series. This is where the extended rest helps the Nationals in some sense, but, their bats will likely struggle against the outstanding pitcher staff of the Astros early on.

In his 2 post-season starts, Scherzer has been lights out. With 18 strikeouts and only 5 hits allowed over 14 innings, Scherzer will really only need help from his offense in order to give the Nationals a chance. The problem with that is that Cole has 32 strikeouts and only 10 hits and 1 run allowed over 22.2 innings pitched this post-season. Like I said earlier, this game will come down to the bullpen arms and that’s where the Astros strike best.

Max Scherzer via Arturo Pardavilla III for 2019 MLB World Series: Game 1 Preview
Max Scherzer via Arturo Pardavila III

The Nationals have been seeing the ball well this postseason as 7 players (minimum 10 AB’s) have a batting average over .280 and the team is lead by Anthony Rendon. With a .375 batting average and 1.059 OPS, Rendon is smashing in the playoffs and is a real threat to the Astros pitching staff. For the Astros, Jose Altuve is the likely MVP and the only other batter hitting over .300 is Martin Maldonado. Despite their low batting averages as a team, the Astros are launching the ball over the fence at an incredible clip. With 14 homers to the Nationals 8, the Astros have power hitters littered throughout their entire lineup.

Prediction

Nationals: 2

Astros: 4

Going Yard: Jose Altuve

Conclusion

Who do you think will win tonight as the 2019 MLB World Series gets underway? Let me know in the comments below! Also, check out the shop and other content by clicking here.

-Mitchell Seefeldt

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