Washington Nationals vs. Houston Astros Pick-Odds-Prediction - 6/17/14
Houston Astros (32-39) at Washington Nationals (35-33)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Dallas Keuchel (L) (8-3) (2.382) vs. Tanner Roark (R) (5-4) (2.916)
The Line: Washington Nationals -130 / Houston Astros +120 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Houston, MASN
The Washington Nationals welcome the Houston Astros to town for an interleague tilt on Tuesday.
After a painfully slow start to 2014 the Astros have been playing well and now have a reasonable look at the .500 mark. It's been no coincidence that decent pitching and a few runs are a recipe' for success in the wins but we definitely need to see more of the same long term from this squad. The Astros let one slip away in a 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay where they held a 3-1 edge in the third before the offense went silent. Brad Peacock gave up two runs over four innings before Jerome Williams blew the save and took the loss with two runs plated in two innings. The Stros early scoring came courtesy of homeruns from Matt Dominguez and Dexter Fowler. Houston goes with Dallas Keuchel on the hill in the series opener at Washington on Tuesday. Keuchel has been the team's ace with an 8-3 record and a 2.28 ERA in 13 outings.
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Washington appeared to be on their way to snatching the National League East lead away from Atlanta but just about when they were about to do it they went in to a bit of a funk. The Natonals finished off a ten game road swing with four straight defeats following a 5-2 loss to St Louis. Starter Doug Fister allowed four early runs and the Nats never recovered. Fister gave up seven hits including a pair of long balls through six innings to fall to 5-2. The Nationals received RBI's from Adam LaRoche and Jason Werth but otherwise struggled to get anything going at the plate. Tanner Roark looks to continue his strong rookie campaign when he takes the mound against Houston for the first time. Roark is 5-4 despite a 2.92 ERA over 13 starts.
No surprise about the odds but my thinking is Keuchel is ace material right now and gives Houston a chance. Nothing big here but this looks like a toss up...