One of the biggest mismatches of the weekend kicks off on Friday when the Houston Astros start a three-game series against the Washington Nationals. The Astros have been one of the hottest teams in MLB over the last few weeks with a 12-2 record in their 14 games leading up to this series. Meanwhile, the Nationals were 14-5 in their previous 19 games before Thursday’s series finale against the Mets.
This is a terrible matchup for the Nationals on paper, but they do have a solid starter on the hill in Josiah Gray. But, will it be enough to stop a streaking Astros team?
Here are the odds for this game, courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook.
Astros vs. Nationals Odds, Run Line, and Total
- Astros: -1.5 (+100)
- Nationals: +1.5 (-120)
- Astros: -155
- Nationals: +140
- 8.0 (Over -110/Under -110)
Astros vs. Nationals Prediction and Pick
Josiah Gray enters this series opener with a 4-2 record, a 3.45 ERA, and a 1.31 WHIP. Nothing earth-shattering, but it's about as good as it gets for the Nationals. He is coming off a rough game against the Angels where he surrendered three runs in 5 ⅓ innings. But I think his chances of getting torched are pretty low.
The Astros will counter with Framber Valdez who is making his seventh start of this season after a solid outing against Detroit last weekend. Valdez has a 3.34 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 20 innings. Despite this, the Astros are just 2-4 in games he starts.
I think the Astros finally give him some run support tonight despite Gray’s solid work on the hill. The Astros are on a hot streak and haven’t scored less than three runs in a game since May 1.
Pick: Astros RL
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