World Series – Game 3

Washington Nationals vs Houston Astros, 11:08 am
Astros to Win

Washington Nationals

The Nationals became the front-runner to win the World Series after a dominant game 2 win in Houston. Stephen Strasburg was predictably solid on the mound, allowing just 2 runs while striking out 7 in 6 innings. Their offensive production was definitely the main story, scoring 12 total runs and having 3 players register multiple RBI’s. They now get to return home where they’ve been a much better team this season, needing only 2 wins in 3 to claim the title. I’d expect Patrick Corbin to start here, who went 14-7 with a 3.25 ERA through 202 innings in the regular season.

Houston Astros

Houston are in absolute disarray and will now require 2 wins from 3 away games just to stay alive. While Verlander put in an average display during his 6 innings, the bullpen had an absolute mare and conceded 8 runs in the final 3. The offence hasn’t found a spark of late either, getting held to an abysmal 2 runs through the first 8 innings last time out. Fortunately, they’ve got another elite arm on deck, with Zack Greinke being tasked with getting them back in this series.

Prediction: Astros

I’ve rode with the Astros all season and I’ll now die with them if I have to. Washington are playing with a ton of momentum right now, but I still think Houston is the better of these two sides. Corbin is a step down from Scherzer and Strasburg and isn’t as accomplished as Greinke in the post-season. I’m also expecting Houston’s depth and talent offensively to finally come through with a high-scoring performance. This team has a chance at winning 2 of 3 games in Washington, but it’s pretty much over if they can’t win game 3.