World Series: Nationals look to bounce back in Game 4 with Patrick Corbin
Preview and Prediction
The only thing that scares me in this game for the Washington Nationals is that the Houston Astros crushed left-handed pitchers in the regular season.
They hit .274 against southpaws with a .868 OPS — both of those numbers were top five in the league.
Corbin allowed righties to hit .235 against him this year, which isn’t bad, but they had a .704 OPS against him — almost 200 points higher than lefties.
The Astros will likely have seven right-handed hitters in their starting lineup.
Also, you never know what a bullpen game is going to look like. And sometimes it’s hard for hitters to get in a rhythm in a bullpen game.
But don’t get me wrong, the Washington Nationals should have a huge advantage in this game with Corbin going up against their bullpen. I’ll take those odds every day.
And like I said earlier, there is no way they go 0-for-10 with RISP again. I expect the offense to get back on track and come up with some big hits in Game 4.
The only good thing about the Nationals losing Game 3 is that they didn’t have to use any of their best bullpen arms, so they should be well-rested for Game 4.
On the other hand, the Astros had to get several outs from their best bullpen arms and now they’ll try to deploy a bullpen game in Game 4.
I expect Corbin to work at least 5 innings — hopefully six — allowing just 2 or 3 runs, and I see the Nationals scoring at least six in this game.
They’ll be back at Nationals Park on Saturday night as the two teams face off at 8:07 p.m. ET on FOX.