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Astros vs Nationals Baseball Game Preview

Houston AstrosWashington Nationals
April 18, 7:05 PM | GrassNationals Park

Houston Astros vs Washington Nationals Odds


The Washington Nationals battle the visiting Houston Astros on Wednesday in MLB betting action at Nationals Park.

It's a pitching duel between Jordan Zimmermann for the Nationals (0-1 on the year) and Lucas Harrell for Houston (1-0 so far).

View Houston vs Washington Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Nationals as -230 favorites on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 7.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
The Nationals sit at No. 7 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Astros sit at a National League No. 10 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Washington's No. 9-rated National League offense, averaging 3.8 runs per game, against a Astros defense that ranks No. 10 in the National League at 4.2 in runs allowed per game. The Nationals have averaged 8.9 hits per game so far, more than Astros batters have averaged on the year (8.6 hits per game).

Houston brings the National League's No. 10-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Nationals' league No. 1-ranked defense.

The Astros were a 1-0 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Nationals. That made winners of bettors who got Washington at -163 on the moneyline, while the total score (1) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Astros were shut out in their last start, struggling to get much going against the Washington staff and losing 1-0 to the Nationals on Tuesday at Nationals Park.

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

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

A few Astros at Nationals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Houston's last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Houston's last 15 games when playing on the road against Washington
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Houston's last 22 games when playing Washington
Washington is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Washington is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
Washington is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Houston
Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston

Next up:
Houston at Washington, Thursday, April 19