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MLB betting line favors Nationals over Astros

Washington NationalsHouston Astros
July 19, 8:05 PM | GrassMinute Maid Park

Washington Nationals vs Houston Astros Odds

48-48TEAM RECORD31-65

Houston will try to be nasty hosts on Tuesday when the Washington Nationals pay a visit to Minute Maid Park.

For the Astros, JA Happ gets the ball, charged with keeping the Nationals hitters off the base paths. He'll face Jordan Zimmermann, 6-7 on the year.

View Washington vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Houston sat as +125 underdogs. The total was set at 7.5.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Astros rated this week at No. 11 and the Nationals sitting at No. 15.

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How They Match Up:
At the plate, Houston owns the No. 5 ranking for hits in the National League at 9 per game. By contrast, the Nationals are rated No. 15 in the same category at 7.9 per game.

Washington brings the National League's No. 6-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Astros' league No. 16-ranked defense.

Last time out for Washington, they were a 5-2 winner as they battled the Astros on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Nationals at -114 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Washington got the job done in their last match in a 5-2 victory over Houston on Monday at Minute Maid Park behind starter Jason Marquis.

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 3-7
Before playing Houston are 4-6
After playing Houston are 5-5
After a win are 3-7

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Washington are 5-5
After playing Washington are 7-3
After a loss 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 14 of Washington's last 19 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington's last 10 games when playing on the road against Houston
Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Houston's last 19 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Houston's last 10 games when playing at home against Washington
Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Washington
Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Washington

Next up:
Washington at Houston, Wednesday, July 20

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