Washington Nationals vs Houston Astros 10/23/19: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds

Matchup Preview

The Nationals won a tight one, and the bullpen which had been a weak spot most of the season came through at the end. There were 19 total hits in Game 1, which might be surprising given the pitchers on the hill. We will get another studded pitching matchup, which will be the case throughout the series. After watching Max Scherzer and Gerrit Cole square off, Justin Verlander and Stephen Strasburg will take the hill. Scherzer got the win last night, pitching five innings, allowing two earned, and striking out seven. Patrick Corbin came in and put an inning in relief, while Sean Doolittle pitching 1.1 innings to get the save. Cole wasn’t as sharp, allowing five earned, two home runs, but did manage to pitch into the seventh.

TV Section: Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox, 10/23/19 7:10, Minute Maid Park, Houston TX: TV: FOX Radio: ESPN Radio

Nationals Starting Lineup

  1. Trea Turner
  2. Adam Eaton
  3. Anthony Rendon
  4. Juan Soto
  5. Howie Kendrick
  6. Asdrubal Cabrera
  7. Ryan Zimmerman
  8. Kurt Suzuki
  9. Victor Robles

Nationals Analysis

Stephen Strasburg has been tremendous this season, holding opponents to a .262 xwOBA, 33% hard-contact rate, and 29% strikeout rate. Stasburg’s playoff ERA continues to make a name for itself, and he will have his hands full against a loaded Houston lineup. The Astros are a great contact team and have cut down their strikeout rates over the last few seasons. Carlos Correa, Robinson Chirinos, and Yordan Alvarez are the only names with a higher than average strikeout rate. Howie Kendrick has been crushing the ball all year with one of the top expected stat lines. He had a 48% hard-contact rate this season, and a 13% strikeout rate. Kendrick has been the overlooked name behind guys like Juan Soto and Anthony Rendon who have carried this team. Trea Turner is going to need to set the table this series and put some pressure on the Houston pitchers.

Astros Starting Lineup

  1. George Springer
  2. Jose Altuve
  3. Michael Brantley
  4. Alex Bregman
  5. Yuli Gurriel
  6. Carlos Correa
  7. Yordan Alvarez
  8. Martin Maldonado
  9. Josh Reddick

Astros Analysis

Justin Verlander is on the bump, and will look for a cleaner outing than last time, despite him going seven innings. Verlander allowed a hefty hard-contact rate at times this season, and had some home run issues. But that is just the nature of his style, given he held opponents to a .248 xwOBA and had a 35% strikeout rate. The Nationals are also not a big strikeout team, with Victor Robles sporting the highest in their lineup. Verlander will need to limit the long ball here, which has powered the Nationals at times in this postseason. As far as the bats go, Yordan Alverez has struggled this postseason, but is one of the up and coming bats in the game. Washington will still need to watch out for them. The rest of the bats have crushed this season, but Michael Brantley is always a name I like to talk about in the middle of the lineup. He will need to get going a bit, sitting with a .340 OBP in the postseason.

Nationals Vs Astros DFS Breakdown

For those playing the showdown slates, runs are going to be at a premium this series. If you are looking to attack Justin Verlander, he has been prone to the long ball, but that is about it. He allowed 17 HR to lefties this season, and 19 home runs to right-handers. Stephen Strasburg kept the ball in the yard this season, and had a strong road ERA of 3.39. He doesn’t really give up much to either side of the plate, but the big bats of Michael Brantley and Yordan Alvarez from the left side are intriguing. We know Houston is a strong team as far as contact goes, so I don’t mind firing with the big names. Josh Reddick is a back end of the lineup value. Washington, Juan Soto, Anthony Rendon, and Ryan Zimmerman have brought the pop. I like Howie Kendrick, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Kurt Suzuki for power options as well.

Nationals Vs Astros Betting Odds: HOU -178

The pressure is on in Houston for them to not go to Washington down 0-2. They are heavy favorites, and there is an over/under set at seven. We won’t see a lot of high totals, but the over here is interesting given Verlander’s home run tendencies, and Houston’s ability to square up and not allow a lot of strikeouts to Strasburg. As for the line, I like Houston to bounce back here, but not enough given these odds.

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