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2022 MLB Handicapping
(19-11-0) Houston Astros vs. Washington Nationals (11-21-0)
Date: Friday, May 13th
Time: 07:05 ETPM ET
Venue: Nationals Park Washington
Projected Pitchers: Framber Valdez vs. Josiah Gray
MLB Moneyline Odds: Astros -155 Nationals 143
MLB run line Betting Odds: Astros +1.5, Nationals -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 8.0
As the Houston Astros travel to take on the Washington Nationals, they are off to a strong start, going 19-11-0, placing them 2nd in the AL West division. In their 19 as the road team, Houston has put together a record of 12-7. The team is hoping to add on another win, as they are coming off a 5-0 win over Minnesota. For the year, Houston has played a total of 10 series, going 5-4-1.
Framber Valdez gets the start for the Astros with a below .500 record at 1-2. Valdez will take the mound with an ERA of 3.34, placing him near the MLB average. In his outings, opposing batters are hitting 0.227 against the left-hander. Per 9 innings pitched, Valdez is averaging just 0.28 home runs allowed.
Houston’s offense comes into this game averaging 3.83 runs per game, placing them near the MLB average. This includes posting a season-long run differential of 21.0. Through 30 games, the Astros have the 28th ranked batting average at 0.217. Per game, the team is averaging 7.07 hits. On average the team is hitting 1.20 home runs per game (5th), making up for their struggles in the batting average department.
The Washington Nationals come into this road contest vs Houston, with a below .500 record (11-21-0). In the NL East division standings, the team ranks 5th. This season, Nationals is struggling at home, going just 4-13 at Nationals Park. Washington will be looking to bounce back after falling to the Mets by a score of 4-1. Currently, the team has a below .500 record in their 10 series, coming in at 2-7-1.
Making the start for Washington is Josiah Gray. So far, Gray has a record of 4-2. Gray will take the mound with an ERA of 3.45. The right-hander has a batting average allowed of 0.219. So far, home runs have been a problem for Gray. Through 31.1 innings of work, he has already given up 1.45 deep shots.
Washington’s offense enters play with the 13th ranked scoring offense, averaging 4.22 runs per game. So far, the team ranks 14th in runs scored through 4 innings. Heading into play, the Nationals are the 3rd unit in team batting average, currently hitting 0.256. This includes batting 0.296 over their last 3 games.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Astros are 7-0 in their last 7 when their opponent scores 2 runs or less in their previous game.
- Astros are 4-0 in their last 4 after scoring 5 runs or more in their previous game.
- Nationals are 7-3 in their last 10 interleague home games vs. a team with a winning record.
- Nationals are 16-36 in their last 52 when their opponent allows 2 runs or less in their previous game.
Houston Astros vs. Washington Nationals MLB Prediction:
Versus right-handed pitching, Houston has averaged 0.13 runs per at bat, placing them near the MLB average. Thus far, Astros is struggling to generate hits vs righties, with a batting average of just 0.226 (23rd). Houston is showing the ability to hit for power with right-handers on the mound, with a slugging percentage of 0.391.
Against left-handed pitching, Washington is near the top of the league in runs scored per at bat. Currently, their batting average vs lefties sits at a healthy 0.238. Washington is struggling to hit for power, with lefties on the mound ranked 24th in slugging percentage (0.324).
I like the Astros to cover at -1.5
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Astros -1.5
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