2019 MLB World Series: Game 2 Preview

The 2019 MLB World Series enters Game 2 tonight after the Nationals survived and conquered the Astros in Game 1. Now, it’s time to preview tonight’s edition of the Fall Classic.

Washington Nationals at Houston Astros

2019 MLB World Series: Game 2

Minute Maid Park

Betting

Despite Strasburg taking the mound for the Nationals, they remain the underdogs (+157) against the Verlander led Astros (-182). The total is set at 7.0 runs (-105 OVER and -115 UNDER) and I like the OVER in this game. Verlander has been susceptible to the long ball and once Strasburg exits, the Nationals bullpen is bound to sacrifice some runs. In fact, I like the +1.5 runline for the Astros (+115) just because of the power in their lineup. 

Projected Lineups

Washington NationalsHouston Astros
Starting Pitcher: Stephen StrasburgStarting Pitcher: Justin Verlander
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. Asdrubal Cabrera6. Yordan Alvarez
7. Ryan Zimmerman7. Carlos Correa
8. Kurt Suzuki8. Robinson Chirinos
9. Victor Robles9. Josh Reddick

Both teams are making some changes to their 6-8 hitters for Game 2 of the World Series tonight as they try to generate a spark.

Stephen Strasburg via Arturo Pardavila III for MLB World Series Game 2
Stephen Strasburg via Arturo Pardavila III

Game 1 Review

Last night, Gerrit Cole had his worst outing of the postseason as the Nationals rocked him for 5 earned runs. Also, due to their struggling bullpen, the Nationals actually used Patrick Corbin in relief for an inning which is something to monitor going forward.

The best hitters from last night’s game were Adam Eaton and Juan Soto for the Nationals and George Springer, Yuli Gurriel, and Yordan Alvarez for the Astros.

Once Max Scherzer exited the game for the Nationals, they barely escaped with the lead as Tanner Rainey and Daniel Hudson nearly blew it.

Game 2 Takes

Strasburg has been one of the best pitchers in the playoffs… ever! Pair that with the fact that no Astros batter has faced him more than 5 times in their entire career. Of those batters that have faced Strasburg, Altuve and Bregman had had success in the small sample size.

Verlander hasn’t been in his best form since the postseason started and I think we can chalk that up to father time. As for batters faced on the Nationals, multiple guys have seen quite a bit of Verlander. Of those, Eaton and Kendrick have struggled but Suzuki and Cabrera have seen great success. I’m a little surprised Cabrera wasn’t elevated in the lineup even higher due to his success against the Astros starter.

I’ll mention it again, the Nationals bullpen is atrocious. Keep that in mind in case Strasburg gets pulled from the game earlier than expected.

Prediction

Nationals: 4

Astros: 5

Going Yard: Anthony Rendon

Conclusion

Who do you think will win Game 2 of the 2019 MLB World Series? Let me know in the comments below! Also, check out the shop and other content by clicking here.

-Mitchell Seefeldt

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