Houston Astros vs Washington Nationals prediction
Was going to sit down and watch without a play here as we have a legendary game 7 in the WS going on, but + money i cannot ignore and here is why.
Scherzer was scratched two games ago due to neck spams but he seems ready to go. I think all legal injections will come in play here when needed as this is a winner takes all after all.
Let's not forget that Scherzer played with a broken nose after the all-star break this season and i recall him pitching really well.
He is 3-0 this postseason with a 2.16 ERA. He pitched a little worse due to that 3.96 BB/9, 1.08 HR/9, but still a very big 12.24 K/9 ( like always ).
He had to work hard last week in Houston but he allowed just 2 runs on 5 hits and recorded 7 K in just 5 innings at work.
The Astros will start with Greinke, but AJ Hinch will bring Cole for sure when needed here. Cole however is on short rest and the Nats hit him hard already this season.
Greinke is 0-2 this postseaosn with a 5.30 ERA. The interesting part is that he pitched even worse than that with a 5.79 FIP altough his 2.41 HR/9 should be a little lower.
Hudson and Doolittle are rested for the Nats but why not Strasburg to come for an out or two in order to save the day? We are talking about game 7 in the WS here so even if he would get TJ Surgery after today, it is worth the risk.
I believe Scherzer will go 120+ pitches here unless he gets rocked early so Nationals are the play in a WS where every road team has won thus far.
Hence backing the Nats as a road dog for plus money.
Houston Astros vs Washington Nationals betting tips
Washington Nationals ML (Stake: 8)Odds: 2.23 at Pinnacle
Result: 2-6 WON (+9.84 units)
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