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
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.
|Washington Nationals||Houston Astros|
|Starting Pitcher: Max Scherzer||Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole|
|1. Trea Turner||1. George Springer|
|2. Adam Eaton||2. Jose Altuve|
|3. Anthony Rendon||3. Michael Brantley|
|4. Juan Soto||4. Alex Bregman|
|5. Howie Kendrick||5. Yulieski Gurriel|
|6. Ryan Zimmerman||6. Carlos Correa|
|7. Asdrubal Cabrera||7. Yordan Alvarez|
|8. Kurt Suzuki||8. Martin Maldonado|
|9. Victor Robles||9. 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.
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.
Going Yard: Jose Altuve