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Washington Nationals vs. Houston Astros

Washington Nationals (101-71) @ Houston Astros (114-59)

October 22, 2019, 8:08 PM ET (Minute Maid Park)

World Series Game 1

Line: Washington Nationals +170 Houston Astros -200

Total: 6.5

Free ESPN MLB Pick Washington Nationals vs. Houston Astros 

Both of these teams enter into this World Series heavily relying on their pitching. They will each turn to their best pitchers to lead off this World Series. Houston will start Gerrit Cole while Washington will counter with Max Scherzer starting Game 1. The Nationals begin this game having won six straight postseason games including a sweep of the Cardinals in the NLCS. The Astros start this game after defeating the Yankees in 6 games in the ALCS and went five games in the American League Division Series. Each of these teams also ranked in the top six in runs scored in the regular season and are in the top five in runs scored against right-handed pitching.

Washington looks to continue postseason road success

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games on the road. Scherzer is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and is coming off of a game that saw him take a no-hitter into the seventh inning and only allowed one hit and no runs with 11 strikeouts in his lone start in the NLCS sweep. Scherzer has gone 13-7 with a 2.81 ERA overall this season. Anthony Rendon has led the Nationals offense with 12 hits for a .349 average in the playoffs. Howie Kendrick will start this game as the DH in Houston as he comes off an NLCS MVP performance against the Cardinals.

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