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Houston Astros take on Nationals in baseball test

Houston AstrosWashington Nationals
Sep 9, 7:05 PM | GrassNationals Park

Houston Astros vs Washington Nationals Odds

48-95TEAM RECORD65-76

The Houston Astros will look to grab a road win when they take on the Nationals in Washington at Nationals Park on Friday in baseball odds action.

Bud Norris gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Astros on this day; he's 6-9 on the season. The Nationals, meanwhile, will counter with Tom Milone, who will be looking to improve on his 0-0 mark.

View Houston vs Washington Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Washington opened as +110 moneyline underdogs in this baseball match, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers settle on an opening over under number of 8.5.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Nationals at No. 15 in the National League and the Astros at No. 14 in the National League heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Washington has the National League's No. 12-rated offensive output, at 8.2 hits per game. The Astros average 8.9 hits per game, good for No. 4 on the National League list.

Comparing defensive stats, Houston owns the National League's No. 15-rated road mark, allowing 4.8 runs per game on the highway. Washington, on the other hand, rates No. 10 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Houston was a 5-4 loser on the road against the Pirates. Bettors on Pittsburgh at -138 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Houston looks to rebound from a loss to the Pirates, who beat them 5-4 on Wednesday behind a start from Brian Burres at PNC Park.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Washington are 5-5
After playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7

A few Astros at Nationals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games when playing on the road against Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Houston's last 21 games when playing Washington
Houston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Washington
Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Washington's last 21 games when playing Houston
Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Houston

Next up:
Houston at Washington, Saturday, September 10

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