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Money is again on Astros in Game 2 as they make two changes to starting lineup

The Astros look to bounce back in Game 2. The public is backing them, but it should be a pitchers’ duel. We break down the public betting and the starting lineups.

Houston Astros catcher Robinson Chirinos and starting pitcher Justin Verlander walk from the bullpen before game two of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park. Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals square off Wednesday with Houston trailing 1-0 after a 5-4 loss on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. on FOX. Justin Verlander will start for the Astros, while Stephen Strasburg starts for the Nationals.

The Astros are once again favored in the game, with money line odds set at -186, while the Nationals are +163 underdogs. The betting public is narrowly behind the Astros, with 52 percent of handle and tickets bet going on Houston.

The series odds have swung significantly after Houston opened the World Series as the biggest favorite in 12 years. The Astros are -118 to win the series, while Washington is now even money (+100). The lowering of the Astros odds has money pouring in on them. While a slim majority (52 percent) of tickets bet are on the Nationals, 83 percent of the handle is on Houston.

Washington returns with the same starting lineup as Game 1. Houston made two changes for Game 2. Carlos Correa was bumped down from No. 6 to No. 7, swapping with Yordan Alvarez. Additionally, Robinson Chirinos takes Martin Maldonado’s spot to catch for Verlander.

Houston Astros

  1. George Springer (R) CF
  2. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
  3. Michael Brantley (L) LF
  4. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
  5. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
  6. Yordan Alvarez (L) DH
  7. Carlos Correa (R) SS
  8. Robinson Chirinos (R) C
  9. Josh Reddick (L) RF

Washington Nationals

  1. Trea Turner (R) SS
  2. Adam Eaton (L) RF
  3. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
  4. Juan Soto (L) LF
  5. Howie Kendrick (R) DH
  6. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) 2B
  7. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B
  8. Kurt Suzuki (R) C
  9. Victor Robles (R) CF