The Houston Astros won their third straight game over the Nats, 7-1 to take a 3 games to 2 lead and have a chance to put the series away on their home field.
Verlander, an eight-time All-Star and former Cy Young Award victor as the American League's best pitcher, has all the confidence of his teammates going into the Game 6 clash.
This postseason, the Missouri native has appeared in five games (four starts) going 3-0 with a 2.16 ERA, 34 strikeouts and 11 walks over 25 innings pitched.
A pair of early Astros home runs brought in two runs apiece and the Nationals' bats never caught up. But at the same time, it's another baseball game, same as the ones we've played before in previous series, and all season.
The series now shifts to Houston as the Astros turn to former AL MVP Justin Verlander to try and snuff out the Nationals' at home.
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The president arrived at the stadium shortly after the first inning and made his way to a lower-level box along with his entourage that included five wounded veterans, First lady Melania Trump, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Congressmen Kevin Brady of Texas, Matt Gaetz of Florida, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, according to the Associated Press.
The in-stadium screen then switched to a shot of U.S service members waving to the crowd with a message thanking the military for their service. He won just over 4% of the vote in the District of Columbia in 2016.
But while Trump's presence also had a ripple effect in terms of increased security measures and the addition of some extra-large United States flags, the teams insisted they didn't think much about what it meant.
Stephen Strasburg will be the starting pitcher for Washington in game six as they look to avoid defeat, while Justin Verlander will be on the mound for the Astros at Minute Maid Park. "And today there was a German shepherd that I didn't really feel comfortable petting".
With Max Scherzer scratched from his scheduled start due to neck spasms that left his pitching arm unusable, Joe Ross was given the ball.
Speaking before the game, he said he could not lift his right arm over his head and that his wife had to help him get dressed on Sunday morning before he came to the ballpark. I want us to be a little bit more aggressive on the fastballs. The latest Astros vs. Nationals odds show Houston favored at -179 on the money line (risk $179 to win $100), while the over-under for total runs scored is 7.5.