World Series Game Four Recap and World Series Game Five Odds Preview
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Jose Urquidy went five scoreless innings on the bump for the Houston Astros in Game Four and Alex Bregman broke a record for most RBI in a World Series game by a third basemen as the Astros blew out the Washington Nationals 8-1 to even the world series at two games apiece. Urquidy punched out four Nationals in his five sterling innings and it was more than an enough as the Astros high-powered offense finally got back on track. Leading the way was Bregman, who blasted a grand slam in the top of the seventh inning, turning a somewhat contested 4-1 affair into an 8-1 laugher. Bregman drove in five total runs in the game, setting a record for most RBI in a World series game by a third baseman.
Now the series—which seemed all but over after the Astros dropped the first two games at home—is dead even with neither the Astros nor the Nationals winning a game at home. While the Astros are finally rolling, this is a Nationals team that is at their best when their backs are against the wall… and they are up against in Game Five as they once again take on Gerrit Cole; the man that had not last a game since late May, will toe the rubber for the Astros in Game Five. But this is seemingly where the Nationals want to be, trying to replicate the almost impossible feat of downing Cole and Justin Verlander in back-to-back games. The Nationals saddled Cole with a loss in Game One of the Fall Classic and touched up Verlander in Game Two before ceding homefield advantage in Games Three and Four
World Series Game Five Preview: Cole and Max Scherzer Set for an Epic Game Five
The man that will throw the first pitch of Game Five is the expected National League Cy Young Award Winner. The man that will counter him is either 1A or 1B in American League Cy Young voting. All in all, the battle between Cole and Max Scherzer of the Nationals—in the pivotal Game Five of the World Series—is expected to be one of the most historic pitching battles in World Series history.
In Game One, the Nationals got to Cole for five runs in seven innings of work as the firey righthander gave up a pair of home runs while taking his first loss since May 22nd. Scherzer was also much less dominant than baseball fans have come to expect as the intense righty’s pitch count skyrocketed in the early innings and he could only muster his way through five frames (on 112 pitches). However, Scherzer allowed just two runs while striking out seven and walking an uncharacteristic three Astros, but it was enough to guide the Nationals to victory.
World Series Game Five Odds, World Series Odds, and World Series Prop Bets
Many expect Game Five of the World Series to look nothing like Game One and the sportsbooks are making that clear. The consensus is that the Astros are once again the favorites as World Series Game Five odds peg the Astros around -150 and the Nationals odds for Game Five of the World Series are around +135 at most places. But where the real story is in the over/under for Game Five of the World Series. The World Series Game Five over/under sits between 6.5-7.5 at most sportsbooks, meaning most expect Game Five to be an awesome pitchers duel.
Overall the Astros are once again heavy favorites in the World Series. They Astros are roughly a -270 favorite while the Nationals are underdogs at about +215. The longest longshot bet on the board is the Nationals 4-2 at +600, followed by the Nationals winning the World Series 4-3 at +370. Interesting enough, the lowest payout still available at most places in the Astros winning four straight games for a 4-2 World Series clincher, at +115 while a seven game Fall Classic with the Astros prevailing is a +230 bet.