Washington Nationals vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/18/14
Houston Astros (32-39) at Washington Nationals (35-33)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
Scott Feldman (R) (3-4) (3.984) vs. Gio Gonzalez (L) (3-4) (4.619)
The Line: Washington Nationals -150 / Houston Astros +140 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-HOU, MASN
The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals wrap up their two-game series on Wednesday.
Despite losing three of their last four games, the Astros are still a decent 8-7 in the month of June. The turnaround for the Astros has been their offense that has produced four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Astros have had trouble scoring runs for much of the season, but Matt Dominquez has two hits in each of his last three games and five RBI. The Astros pitching staff has an ERA of 4.10. Scott Feldman gets the nod, and he’s 3-4 with a 3.98 ERA and has 33 strikeouts in 61 innings. This is Feldman’s second career start against the Nationals.
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The Nationals snapped a four-game losing streak with a win on Tuesday and are back to three games above .500. Despite a ridiculous 3.03 ERA, the Nationals pitching rotation has allowed four or more runs in four of their last five games. The Nationals are 29-9 when allowing three or less runs this season. Offensively, Anthony Rendon has eight RBI in his last 10 games. Gio Gonzalez takes the hill, and he’s 3-4 with a 4.62 ERA and has 53 strikeouts in 50.2 innings. Gonzalez is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in three career games against the Astros.
The Astros are 1-4 in Feldman's last 5 road starts and 1-4 in Feldman's last 5 starts with 5 days of rest. The Nationals are 4-1 in Gonzalez's last 5 home starts and 40-18 in Gonzalez's last 58 starts as a favorite. The Astros are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Washington.
Tough to pick against the Nationals at home with Gonzalez on the mound. If you think the price is fair, take Washington to get the victory.