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The Houston Astros will be taking on the Washington Nationals in Game 5 of the World Series. The series is currently tied 2-2. This matchup is scheduled to begin at 8:07 p.m. ET and will be shown nationally on Fox..

Houston Astros vs. Washington Nationals Odds

The right-handed Gerrit Cole will get the start for the visiting Astros. Cole is 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Nationals this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.

The Nationals are sending righty Max Scherzer (11-7, 2.92 ERA) to the mound. Scherzer has 243 strikeouts and 33 walks to his name, along with a 1.03 WHIP. Scherzer did not register a start against the Astros in 2018.

Behind a team slash line of .231/.309/.388, the Astros have scored 4.0 runs per game through 15 playoff games. The Nationals are hitting .246/.323/.392 through 14 games and the team has managed 4.6 runs during this year’s playoffs.

The Nationals bullpen has registered a postseason ERA of 4.71 and a WHIP of 1.38, while Astros relievers have a 4.07 ERA and 1.52 WHIP.

Left fielder Michael Brantley and first baseman Yuli Gurriel continue to lead Houston’s offense. Brantley is hitting .312/.374/.491 with 23 home runs, 94 RBIs and 95 runs scored, while Gurriel is hitting .291/.335/.520 with 32 homers, 115 RBIs and 87 runs scored.

The Nationals’ batters have been led by third baseman Anthony Rendon and outfielder Adam Eaton. Rendon is hitting .320/.412/.591 with 35 home runs, 135 RBIs and 126 runs scored, while Eaton’s line is .277/.364/.425 with 16 homers, 56 RBIs, 111 runs and 15 steals.

The Astros are coming off of an 8-1 win in Game 4.

Astros vs. Nationals Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Nationals, ATS Winner – Astros, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • Houston has recorded 17 extra-base hits over its last five contests. Washington has 14 XBH over its last five.
  • The Astros have a total OPS of .838 this season and an OPS of .825 against right-handed pitchers. The Nationals’ OPS stands at .792 overall and .784 against righties.
  • Washington has recorded 23.6 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 23.2 over its last five.
  • The Astros have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games, including eight over their last five.