Washington Nationals vs. Houston Astros, Thursday, Las Vegas Odds, MLB Baseball Betting, Picks and Predictions

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WASHINGTON NATIONALS HOUSTON ASTROS
75-49, 1st in National League East August 24, 8:10 PM | Grass of Minute Maid Park 77-49, 1st in American League West
Washington at Houston, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 8:10 PM ET, Thursday, August 24, 2017
Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, MASN (Washington), AT&T SportsNet Southwest (Houston)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Nationals RH Stephen Strasburg (10-4, 3.24 ERA) vs. Astros LH Dallas Keuchel (11-2, 2.58)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Washington Nationals [S. Strasburg -R] +1½ -160 +138 Ov 8 -111
Houston Astros [D. Keuchel -L] -1½ +140 -148 Un 8 -109
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The fans at Minute Maid Park will be treated to a game between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros when they take their seats on Thursday.

Strasburg has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last seven road starts and is 7-2 with a 2.43 ERA away from home. He is 10-3 with a 3.06 mark in 19 interleague starts and allowed three runs in nine innings over his two prior encounters with the Astros. The 29-year-old will be making his first career appearance in Minute Maid Park.

Keuchel was rocked for eight runs in four innings at the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 8, but he has recovered in fine fashion with back-to-back impressive wins. He first let up a run in 6 2/3 frames to win at Texas and returned home to blank Oakland over seven innings on Friday. The former Cy Young Award winner, who sports the best ERA in the AL among pitchers with at least 100 innings, has a 5.73 ERA in two career starts versus Washington and will be wary of Howie Kendrick (8-for-18, one home run against Keuchel) and Ryan Zimmerman (4-for-6, two doubles).

Oddsmakers currently have the Astros listed as 148-moneyline favorites versus the Nationals, while the game’s total is sitting at 8.

As the Washington Nationals await the return of one star right-hander, they will look for a solid outing from another when Stephen Strasburg goes opposite Houston Astros ace Dallas Keuchel on Thursday in the finale of a three-game interleague series in Texas. Strasburg will be making his second start since coming back from an elbow issue, looking to build upon a positive return when he allowed two runs and four hits over six innings at San Diego on Saturday.

While Strasburg returns to form, fellow All-Star Max Scherzer (neck) will not rejoin the rotation Friday at home against the New York Mets as the club had hoped. The Astros ended a nine-game losing streak against Washington with Wednesday’s 6-1 victory in this matchup of division leaders, riding seven innings of one-run ball by Mike Fiers and three home runs in their best offensive effort in a week. Houston’s All-Star shortstop, Carlos Correa, is slated to begin a rehab assignment Thursday as he works his way back from thumb surgery.

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MLB BASEBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Kendrick had two more hits Wednesday to bump his average to .348 since joining Washington last month.

2. Astros 3B Alex Bregman had a three-run blast Wednesday and is batting .335 with eight homers and 25 RBIs since July 4.

3. Scherzer, who went on the disabled list on Friday (retroactive to Aug. 15), is hoping to throw a bullpen in the next day or two.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Houston Astros  will win outright at -148 and the game will stay under 8 runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Astros 3, Nationals 2 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
WSH TEAM HOU
5.26 RUNS 5.62
4.23 RUNS AGNST 4.31
1.03 DIFF 1.31
$758 MONEY $827
3.91 TEAM ERA 4.11
9.30 OFF HITS 10.00
3.38 OFF WALKS 3.20
8.02 OFF Ks 6.70
8.02 DEF HITS 8.16
3.08 DEF WALKS 3.25
9.00 DEF Ks 9.91
INJURIES
WASHINGTON NATIONALS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Aaron Barrett P 60-Day Disabled List
Joe Ross P 15-Day Disabled List
Stephen Drew 2B 15-Day Disabled List
Sammy Solis P 15-Day Disabled List
Stephen Strasburg P 15-Day Disabled List
HOUSTON ASTROS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
Lance McCullers P 15-Day Disabled List
Colby Rasmus OF 15-Day Disabled List
Luis Valbuena 3B 15-Day Disabled List
Tucker Preston OF 15-Day Disabled List
BETTING TRENDS
WASHINGTON NATIONALS
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Washington’s last 8 games
Washington is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
Washington is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington’s last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Washington’s last 9 games when playing Houston
Washington is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing Houston
Washington is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
HOUSTON ASTROS
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
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston’s last 9 games when playing Washington
Houston is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games when playing Washington
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston’s last 5 games when playing at home against Washington
Houston is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Washington
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Washington’s Overall Scoring vs Houston’s Overall Defense 5.3 1 4.3 5
Washington’s Away Scoring vs Houston’s Home Defense 5.2 1 4.0 2
Washington’s Road ERA vs Houston’s Home ERA Allowed 4.0 4 4.7 8
Houston’s Overall Scoring vs Washington’s Overall Defense 5.6 1 4.2 3
Houston’s Home Scoring vs Washington’s Road Defense 4.9 5 4.2 4
Houston’s Home ERA vs Washington’s Road ERA Allowed 3.7 3 4.7 2
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
NATIONALS
Nationals give up the fewest free passes in the league allowing 2.5 per game.
ASTROS
Astros are second lowest scoring team in the league at 3.8 runs per game.
Astros trail the league in hits with 8.1 per game.
Astros strike out more than any team in the league with 9.5 per game.
Astros are the easiest team to score on in the league, giving up 5.2 runs per game.
Astros are second worst in the league in giving up hits, allowing 9.4 per game.
Astros give up the most free passes in the league allowing 3.8 per game.
Astros strike out the second least opponents in the league with 6.7 per game.

 

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