Houston Astros vs. Washington Nationals
The Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals meet on Monday in Houston for game one of their series. The Nationals are -180 favorites over the Nationals with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Houston Astros are having a disaster of a season that they are beyond a near term rebuilding project. The Astros are 2-8 in their last 10 games, 25-27 at home this season, and they are 30.5 games back in the NL Central. As a team the Astros are hitting .241 with Jose Altuve hitting .298, Jed Lowrie at .253, and J.D. Martinez at .241. As a team the Astros pitching staff has an ERA of 4.81 with the starters at 4.73 and the bullpen at 4.97. For game one against the Nats Houston starts Dallas Keuchel who has lost his last four starts and has gotten shelled in the process. For the season Keuchel has allowed 40 hits and 25 earned runs while striking out 14 over 39 innings of work for a 5.77 ERA.
The Washington Nationals represent the changing of the guard in the National League as they have been one of the top teams all season. Washington is 6-4 in their last 10 games, 33-21 on the road this season, and they have a three game lead in the NL East. As a team the Nationals are hitting .256 with Ian Desmond hitting .286, Adam LaRoche hitting .278, and Ryan Zimmerman hitting .278. As a team the Nationals pitching staff has an ERA of 3.29 with the starters at 3.20 and the bullpen at 3.46. For game one at Minute Maid Park Washington starts Edwin Jackson who has lost three of his last four starts. For the season Jackson has allowed 112 hits and 50 earned runs while striking out 96 over 126 innings of work for a 3.57 ERA.
Houston is 11-41 in their last 52 games overall, 18-37 in their last 55 against the NL East, and 0-5 in Keuchel’s last five starts. Washington is 5-1 in their last six games overall, 9-3 in their last 12 games following a win, and 1-7 in Jackson’s last eight starts against a team with a losing record. Washington is 1-5 in their last six games in Houston.
Washington is a big favorite here and for good reason as the Astros are reeling. I love Jackson’s chances of getting back on track here.
Washington Nationals -180 Houston Nationals