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Houston sends Brett Myers vs Livan Hernandez in Astros vs Nationals game

Washington NationalsHouston Astros
July 20, 2:05 PM | GrassMinute Maid Park

Washington Nationals vs Houston Astros Odds

48-49TEAM RECORD32-65

Washington pays a visit to Houston on Wednesday, hoping to shut down the Astros bats in baseball action at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros will rely on Brett Myers to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Livan Hernandez will be his counterpart for the Nationals. Brett Myers is 3-10 this season, and Livan Hernandez is 5-9.

View Washington vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Nationals were listed as +-120 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks. The total was set at 8 before betting started earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Astros at No. 11 in the National League and the Nationals at No. 15 in the National League heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Houston's No. 12-rated National League offense, averaging 3.9 runs per game, against a Nationals defense that ranks No. 6 in the National League at 4 in runs allowed per game. The Astros have averaged 9 hits per game so far, more than Nationals batters have averaged on the year (7.9 hits per game).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Houston has the National League's No. 16-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Nationals own the National League's No. 6 mark in runs allowed.

Washington lost its last outing, a 7-6 result against the Astros on July 19. Bettors who backed the Astros at +138 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (13) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Washington looks to rebound from a loss to the Astros, who beat them 7-6 on Tuesday behind a start from J.A. Happ at Minute Maid Park.

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing LA Dodgers are 3-7
After playing Houston are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After playing Washington are 7-3
After a win are 2-8

A few Nationals at Astros trends to consider:
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Washington's last 16 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Washington's last 11 games when playing on the road against Houston
Washington is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Houston's last 16 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Houston's last 11 games when playing at home against Washington
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games

Next up:
Washington at LA Dodgers, Friday, July 22
Houston at Chi Cubs, Friday, July 22

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