World Series Game 5 Betting Picks, Predictions & Odds: Do Nationals Have a Prayer Without Scherzer?

Oct 27, 2019 07:20 PM EDT
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Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Alex Bregman.

  • The updated betting odds for Sunday's World Series Game 5 has the Houston Astros as a -215 moneyline favorite and the Washington Nationals as +192 underdogs.
  • The over/under sits at 8 after opening at 7.5.
  • Let's breakdown the best betting picks for Game 5, including how to play the over/under.

Editor’s note: Max Scherzer was scratched from Sunday’s Game 5; Joe Ross will start in his place. Washington is reportedly hoping to get 75-80 pitches out of Ross. Any bets placed on the game should be “No Action” if you used the “Listed Pitcher” option. The odds shifted from the Astros being a -150 favorite and the Nationals being a +140 underdog to Houston -225 and Washington +201. The over/under is now 7.5, with it trending toward 8. 

Astros vs. Nationals Betting Picks, Odds & Predictions for World Series Game 5

Probable starters: Gerrit Cole (2052.50 ERA) vs. Joe Ross (3-4, 5.90 ERA)

  • Astros odds: -225
  • Nationals odds: +201
  • Over/Under: 7.5 (o-125)
  • First pitch: 8:07 p.m. ET on FOX

Odds as of Sunday morning and via PointsBet, where Action Network users can access an exclusive promotion to get a 200% deposit match (deposit $50, bet with $150).


The Nationals continued to struggle with runners on base in Game 4, finishing 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position (RISP), putting them into a 1-for-19 hole with RISP over the past two nights.

It also marked the second time this season that the Nationals were held to one run or less in back-to-back games.

With the World Series now tied at two games apiece, Washington has to face Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander again in Games 5 and 6.

Despite struggling for the past two nights, the Nats will surely be confident after touching up Cole and Verlander for nine combined runs between Games 1 and 2.

And if they can beat that duo four times in the span of four starts, the Nats’ World Series victory would indeed be something special.

Can they continue to get to Cole, as so few teams have?

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