Houston Astros (22-11) vs. Washington Nationals (11-23)
May 14, 2022 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: Washington Nationals +120 / Houston Astros -161; Over/Under: +9
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The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals meet Saturday in MLB action at Nationals Park. The Houston Astros look to build on their 11-game winning streak. The Washington Nationals need a win after losing seven of their last nine games.
The Houston Astros have scored 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five straight games. The Astros are 15-0 this season when scoring four or more runs. Michael Brantley leads the Astros with 30 hits and 11 RBI, while Jeremy Pena and Alex Bregman have combined for 57 hits and 41 RBI. Jake Odorizzi gets the ball, and he is 3-2 with a 3.38 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. This will be Odorizzi’s first career game against the Nationals.
The Washington Nationals have scored 10 runs in their last three games and three or fewer runs in five of their last 10 games. The Nationals have lost 14 straight games when scoring three or fewer runs. Josh Bell leads the Nationals with 40 hits and 21 RBI, while Cesar Hernandez and Maikel Franco have combined for 74 hits and 25 RBI. Erick Fedde gets the ball, and he is 2-2 with a 3.90 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. This will be Fedde’s first career game against the Astros.
The Astros are 7-2 in their last 9 road games and 14-2 in their last 16 overall. The Nationals are 15-41 in their last 56 home games and 27-63 in their last 90 overall. The under is 28-10-1 in Astros last 39 overall. The under is 17-5 in Nationals last 22 home games. The Astros are 8-23 in the last 31 meetings.
The Houston Astros are the hottest team in the league, and Odorizzi is on fire right now, allowing five hits and zero runs in his last 11.2 innings. The Washington Nationals can’t get out of their own way and while Erick Fedde has been better lately, he’s not unhittable, and he’s had a walk issue. Betting against the Houston Astros isn’t an option in their current form, and they have a pitching edge here. Give me the Astros.