2019 World Series Preview

The World Series field is set and the Houston Astros will be taking on the Washington Nationals in the Fall Classic. Houston will be looking for their second World Series title in three seasons, while the Washington Nationals are trying to win it for the first time in franchise history. Both teams are loaded with starting pitching, and this could be a low-scoring series.

The Nationals swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series, and they were downright dominant. Washington was the first Wild Card winner in the National League. Houston finished off the New York Yankees in six games in the ALCS. The Astros won 107 games during the regular season to claim the top overall seed in the playoffs.Houston is -220 in the World Series while Washington is listed at +180.

Nationals Pitching Has Been Dominant

The Washington Nationals absolutely dominated the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS, and they did it with the strength of their starting pitching. Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg are the biggest names in the rotation, but Anibal Sanchez and Patrick Corbin have been pitching well of late. Don't expect the starting rotation for the Washington Nationals to give up many runs in this series, but their bullpen has been shaky at times.

Howie Kendrick was named the MVP of the National League Championship Series after coming up with a ton of big hits. Kendrick leads the team with nine runs batted in so far this postseason, but he has gotten plenty of help. Anthony Rendon is hitting .375 so far in the playoffs, and he led the National League in RBI's during the regular season. The Nationals have just eight home runs in the postseason, but they are a great clutch hitting team.

Astros Have Talented Offense

The Houston Astros have already belted 14 home runs so far this postseason, and their lineup is loaded with superstars. Jose Altuve has hit five home runs so far in the playoffs, including a walkoff home run to send the team to the World Series. Alex Bregman has an on-base percentage of .435, and the Astros know how to wear down an opposing pitcher as well. Shutting down this Astros lineup is easier said than done.

Gerrit Cole will take the ball in game one for the Astros, and could make three starts in this series. Cole has been the best pitcher of baseball this season, and has won 18 straight decisions in 2019. Justin Verlander has been terrific as well, but he did give up some runs to the Yankees. Houston has a much better bullpen than Washington, and will be hard to beat if they have the lead.

Astros Win Second World Championship

The Washington Nationals have the kind of pitching staff that can give the Astros trouble in this series, but not having homefield advantage is going to hurt. Washington was able to score plenty of runs against the St. Louis Cardinals, but they will be facing much better pitchers in this game. Houston has been the best team in baseball all season long, and it's just hard to imagine them losing this series. The Astros are loaded, and they are going to win their second title in a span of three years.Bet the Houston Astros -220 over the Washington Nationals in the 2019 World Series.