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Nationals dominate Astros in Game 2 of World Series, Odds now heavily favor Washington

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I know we said this yesterday, but I think it is due for again: no one saw this coming.

The Washington Nationals rocked the Houston Astros in Game 2, winning 12-3 despite Justin Verlander starting for the ‘Stros. Ironically enough, it was a play by the Houston ace that sums up the entire game for the team.

In the top of the fourth inning, while the game was still tied 2-2, Verlander tried to throw the batter out at first base from his back. Instead, he just threw the ball off his own leg.

It’s been that kind of series for the formerly favored team. Entering Game 1 of the World Series, Houston’s MLB betting odds were actually pretty solid entering a championship showdown.

The Astros were favored in the series price, taking -215 odds into the Fall Classic. Despite their 65.96% chances of winning it all, Houston is in a deep hole.

Houston also had -190 odds to win Game 1; they ended up losing 4-2.

In Game 2, Houston was favored with -178 odds and they lost by nine runs.

According to the MLB, only 10 teams have come back from an 0-2 deficit in the World Series.

Houston is favored again in Game 3, although that has not meant much to the team so far. The Astros have -128 odds compared to Washington’s +108 chances.

2019 World Series Game 3 Betting Lines


Washington Nationals vs. Houston Astros (-1.5)

  • Pitchers: Anibal Sanchez (WAS), Zack Greinke (HOU)
  • Spread: WAS +108, HOU -128
  • Total: O8.0 -110, U8.0 -110
  • Series odds: WAS -260, HOU +220

Starting their third ace in Zack Greinke, Houston is a 1.5 run favorite– just as they have been in the first two games. Anibal Sanchez will pitch for Washington in his third start of this postseason.

The over/under for Game 3 is set for 8 runs with -110 odds of it going either way. Given the 15 total runs scored last night, 8 runs is totally possible.

However, the biggest move in the numbers belongs to the series price. After the Game 1 win, Washington became World Series favorites by a slim margin of -120 to Houston’s -110.

But after the decisive Game 2 victory, Washington’s series odds jumped to -260 compared to +220 for the Astros.

The teams have a break tonight and will play Game 3 at 8:07 pm ET Friday night on Fox.

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