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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

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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.

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