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Strasburg, Keuchel Set To Duel In Houston

Two of the best teams in baseball close out their four-game set in style when the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros clash Thursday. Two Cy Young candidates will take the bump, as Stephen Strasburg and Dallas Keuchel face off in a marquee pitching matchup.

Shark Bites
  • The Nationals are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games against the Astros.
  • The Astros are 2-8 SU and 0-10 ATS in their last 10 games when closing out a series.
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Astros’ last 6 games.

Strasburg missed nearly a month due to an elbow injury but still looked electric in his most recent start. The right-hander allowed two runs while striking out eight in six innings of work Saturday in his first start since returning from the DL. Strasburg has been dominant this season with a 3.24 ERA and a 10.5 K/9.

Keuchel took a little bit of time to get back in the feel of things following a lengthy stint on the DL through June and July, but the southpaw has been untouchable recently. In his past two starts, Keuchel has allowed one earned run in 13.2 innings of work.

Historically speaking, Strasburg has the edge in this matchup with the righty posting a 3.00 ERA in two career starts against the Astros. Keuchel struggled to a 5.73 ERA in two career outings against the Nats.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Houston Astros as -145 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB betting odds matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 7.5 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

OddsShark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 4.0-3.3 victory for the Nationals. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Washington Nationals vs Houston Astros Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

77-49 Houston battles the Nationals, currently with a 75-49 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Washington injuries news.

It's a MLB baseball betting matchup between the No. 18-rated Houston Astros and the league No. 9-ranked Washington Nationals, according to the latest MLB power poll here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Washington Nationals rank No. 3 at 9.3 hits per game. That compares with the Houston Astros No. 1 ranking in that category.

Defensively, Washington features the No. 7-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.23 runs per game. Houston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 11 at home, scoring 4.88 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Washington looks to rebound from a loss to the Astros, who beat them 6-1 on Wednesday behind a start from Mike Fiers at Minute Maid Park.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Washington is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Washington's last 8 games
  • Washington is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Houston is 7-18 ATS in its last 25 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games at home
  • Houston is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games when playing Washington

Next Betting Matchups

Washington home to New York, Friday, August 25
Houston at Los Angeles, Friday, August 25