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 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.
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.