2019 MLB World Series: Game 3 Preview

The 2019 MLB World Series continues with Game 3 tonight! The Nationals lead the Astros 2-0 in the series and are now at home for the next 2 games. Will we see a sweep in the Fall Classic?

Houston Astros at Washington Nationals

2019 MLB World Series: Game 3

Nationals Park

Betting

I’ve had some bad luck so hopefully you’ve been fading me! Somehow, the Astros are still the favorite (-145) and the Nationals (+125) seem like an interesting plus-money option. However, I’m sticking with the Astros! Sanchez has been dealing this postseason but Astros hitters have rocked him over their careers. The Astros runline of -1.5 (+115) is a bet that I’m interested in and perhaps the OVER on 8.0 runs (-125) depending on the weather.

Projected Lineups

Houston AstrosWashington Nationals
Starting Pitcher: Zack GrienkeStarting Pitcher: Anibal Sanchez
1. George Springer1. Trea Turner
2. Jose Altuve2. Adam Eaton
3. Michael Brantley3. Anthony Rendon
4. Alex Bregman4. Juan Soto
5. Yulieski Gurriel5. Asdrubal Cabrera
6. Carlos Correa6. Ryan Zimmerman
7. Josh Reddick7. Kurt Suzuki
8. Robinson Chirinos8. Victor Robles
9. Zack Grienke9. Anibal Sanchez

I think this was a smart strategy by the Astros to keep Grienke for Game 3 because he is an excellent hitter for a pitcher.

The World Series… so far!

So far this World Series, the Nationals have been the better team. The Nationals survived Game 1 by avoiding having their bullpen blow the game for them in a 1-run victory. In Game 2, the Nationals lit up the scoreboard for 12 runs in a blowout victory on the road. Now, on to Game 3 as the Astros take their turn being on the road.

Game 3 Takes

This postseason, Sanchez has been the better pitcher in this matchup. With a sub-1.00 ERA this postseason, Sanchez has been lights out for 12+ innings. Pitching for Astros, Grienke has a 3.48 ERA in 10+ innings but makes up for it by being the best hitting pitcher in baseball. Grienke will have to help his own cause tonight and I suspect he either gets a hit or a sac fly.

Tonight is going to be the night the Astros bats heat up! Altuve and Brantley are batting .346 and .300 in their careers against Sanchez respectfully. Also, in limited appearances, Springer and Chirinos are batting .600 and .571 respectfully! 

Jose Altuve via Keith Allison for Game of the 2019 MLB World Series
Jose Altuve via Keith Allison

On the Nationals side, the only batter with extended appearances against Grienke is Cabrera and he is batting an amazing .432 in his career. Every other hitter has only faced the righty in about 1 or 2 games in their careers. I suspect Rendon to have his worst game of the postseason in this one because of his 1-12 success rate against Grienke.

Prediction

Astros: 5

Nationals: 3

Going Yard: Jose Altuve

Conclusion

Who do you think will win Game 3 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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