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Washington Nationals vs Houston Astros Preview

Houston AstrosWashington Nationals
April 16, 7:05 PM | GrassNationals Park

Houston Astros vs Washington Nationals Odds

4-5TEAM RECORD7-3

The baseball wagering menu sees a clash between Washington and Houston on Monday, with the host Nationals trying to win for themselves and reward bettors who back them on the moneyline.

Washington hands the ball to starter Stephen Strasburg in this one and he'll try to improve on his 1-0 mark on the year. Houston counters with Kyle Weiland, who will try to quiet the fans and the Nationals bats at the same time.

View Houston vs Washington Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Washington sat as -260 favorites. The total was set at 6.5.

Power Rankings:
The Nationals sit at No. 13 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Astros sit at a National League No. 11 on the same chart.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Washington's No. 10-rated National League offense, averaging 3.9 runs per game, against a Astros defense that ranks No. 10 in the National League at 4.3 in runs allowed per game. The Nationals have averaged 8.9 hits per game so far, less than Astros batters have averaged on the year (9 hits per game).

Defensively, Houston features the National League's No. 12-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.7 runs per game. Washington, meanwhile, comes in at No. 11 in the National League at home, scoring 3.5 runs per game.

In their last action, Houston was a 5-4 loser on the road against the Marlins. Bettors on Miami at -200 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Houston lost in extra innings against the Marlins on Sunday as Miami edged them 5-4 at Marlins Park.

Last time out for Washington, they were an 8-5 loser as they battled the Reds at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Reds at +100 were rewarded, while the 13 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Washington lost in extra innings against the Reds on Sunday as Cincinnati edged them 8-5 at Nationals Park.

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

Washington Nationals Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Houston are 4-6
After playing Cincinnati are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

A few Astros at Nationals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Houston's last 9 games when playing on the road against Washington
The total has gone OVER in 17 of Houston's last 24 games when playing Washington
Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games at home
Washington is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Houston

Next up:
Houston at Washington, Tuesday, April 17