2019 MLB World Series: Game 5 Preview

*BREAKING NEWS* Max Scherzer has been scratched for his start tonight! Joe Ross will start in his place.

The MLB World Series is tied at 2-games a piece! The Astros have rallied back and tied the series on the road and look to win Game 5 so they can capture the championship at home for Game 6. Or if the trend continues, the Astros will win tonight only to lose Game 6 and 7 at home so that the Nationals become the champs!

Houston Astros at Washington Nationals

2019 MLB World Series: Game 5

Nationals Park

Betting

The Astros (-150) have been the favorite over the Nationals (+130) for each and every game this World Series. In fact, the runline and the total have remained fairly consistent too! If the last two games are any indication of how the series will continue, then the Astros -1.5 (+115) runline is an outstanding opportunity to gain plus-money on a bet tonight. As for the total, take the OVER at even money as both teams should be able to combine for more than 7 runs tonight.

Projected Lineups

Houston AstrosWashington Nationals
Starting Pitcher: Gerrit ColeStarting Pitcher: Max Scherzer
1. George Springer1. Trea Turner
2. Jose Altuve2. Adam Eaton
3. Michael Brantley3. Anthony Rendon
4. Alex Bregman4. Juan Soto
5. Yulieski Gurriel5. Howie Kendrick
6. Carlos Correa6. Ryan Zimmerman
7. Martin Maldonado7. Kurt Suzuki
8. Josh Reddick8. Victor Robles
9. Gerrit Cole9. Max Scherzer

Tonight’s lineup should feature the same order we usually see but, some slight tweaks from Game 1 will take place.

The World Series… so far!

Once again, the road team conquers all! We’ve seen the visiting team win each game of this series so far and we’ve reached the Game 1 rematch tonight for Game 5. The last time Cole and Scherzer took the mound, we had the closest game of the series in a 5-4 Nationals win. Will the same fate occur tonight? I don’t believe so because the Astros bats have awoken! Meanwhile, the Nationals have only scored 1 run in each of the last two games. 

Game 5 Takes

Altuve and Brantley have been on a tear in Nationals Park and I suspect that continues despite Scherzer pitching tonight. I also expect Cole to bounceback after a poor start in Game 1 and deliver a gem against a Nationals squad playing on their heels in Game 5. The outstanding 3rd baseman in this game, Bregman and Rendon, have finally heated up which means that the starting pitchers are in even more trouble. I believe we get a high-scoring game even though the aces take the mound.

Alex Bregman via Keith Allison for 2019 MLB World Series Game 5
Alex Bregman via Keith Allison

Prediction

Astros: 6

Nationals: 3

Going Yard: Jose Altuve

Conclusion

Will the road team prevail once again? Now that this a best-of-3 series, who wins the 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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