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Houston Astros vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 4/29/14

Washington Nationals (14-12) at Houston Astros (9-17)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Gio Gonzalez (L) (3-1) (3.000) vs. Jarred Cosart (R) (1-2) (6.120)

The Line: Houston Astros +148 / Washington Nationals -158 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN2, CSN-Houston

The Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals face off on Tuesday in game one of their interleague series.

The Houston Astros continue their building process but they are coming off of a series that they beat the first place A’s. The Astros are 5-9 at home, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and they have won their last two games. As a team the Astros are hitting just .210 with Jose Altuve hitting .292, Dexter Fowler hitting .238, and Jonathan Villar hitting .234. As a team the Astros pitching staff has an ERA of 4.82 with the starters at 4.10 and the bullpen at 6.05. For game one against the Nationals the Astros start Jarred Cosart who has two no decisions and a loss in his last three starts. For the season Cosart has allowed 20 hits and 17 earned runs while striking out 19 over 25 innings for a 1-2record and a 6.12 ERA.

Houston Astros vs. Washington Nationals MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 4/29/14

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The Washington Nationals are hoping to make a return to the playoffs after missing them last season but at least in the early going it appears they have work to do to make it a reality. The Nationals are 5-4 on the road, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they are four games back in the NL East. As a team the Nationals are hitting .256 with Adam LaRoche hitting .307, Anthony Redon hitting .298, and Jayson Werth hitting .281. The Washington pitching staff has an ERA of 3.28 with the starters at 3.87 and the bullpen at 2.28. For game one against the Astros the Nationals start Gio Gonzalez who had a no decision in his last start. For the season Gonzalez has allowed 23 hits and 10 earned runs while striking out 29 over 30 innings for a 3-1 record and a 3.00 ERA.

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Houston is 20-44 in their last 64 interleague games, 30-79 in their last 109 games, and 13-40 in their last 53 home games. Washington is 44-16 as a road favorite, 6-1 following a loss, and 17-4 in Gonzalez’s last 21 starts as a road favorite. Washington has won their last four games in Houston.

The Nationals are a big favorite here and they should be and I like for the Nats to win here.

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Washington Nationals -158

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