The Houston Astros will look to record consecutive victories when they hit the road to take on the Washington Nationals on Wednesday evening in a matchup featuring two legitimate 2021 World Series hopefuls. Houston is in last place in the 15-team Grapefruit League standings. Washington is in sixth place in the standings, one game above .500.
Veteran right-hander Jake Odorizzi is on the mound for Houston while fellow right-hander Stephen Strasburg gets the start for the Nationals. Now, let’s find out where the best MLB betting value lies in this pairing so you can get all set to make your bets against their MLB odds.
MLB Betting Preview – Astros Visit Nationals On Wednesday Looking For Consecutive Wins
Houston Astros (4-12) Vs Washington Nationals (8-7) Game Info
- When: Wednesday, March 24 2021 at 6:05 PM ET
- Where: The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach, FL
- MLB Odds: Houston +125 / Washington -145
- Total: 9.5
- Houston – Jake Odorizzi – RH
- Washington – Stephen Strasburg – RH
Houston Astros Analysis
The Astros snapped a three-game losing streak by getting past the New York Mets 5-4 on Monday night. Starting pitcher Bobby Abreu tossed three scoreless innings while striking out four and walking none to get the win. Center-fielder Myles Straw went 2-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI while left-fielder Michael Brantley went 1-for-4 with two RBI. Houston is batting a pitiful .222 with 12 home runs. The Astros pitching staff has compiled a 4.30 ERA. with 165 strikeouts and 67 walks.
Jake Odorizzi went 0-1 with a 6.59 ERA in four starts last season spanning just 13.7 innings while striking out 12 and walking three. The Astros are 6-2 in their last 8 games against a right-handed starter and 16-7 in their last 23 games against teams from the National League East.
Washington Nationals Analysis
Washington comes into this matchup fresh off a 5-5 tie against St. Louis on Tuesday night. Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, two RBI and one walk to lead the way to victory. First baseman Josh Bell went 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI while shortstop Luis Garcia went 2-for-3 with one RBI.
Veteran left-hander Jon Lester limited New York to one run on three hits in 3.2 innings while walking two. Stephen Strasburg went 0-1 in two starts spanning 5.0 innings while striking out two and walking one. The Nationals are 6-1 in their last 7 games against a right-handed starter and 7-2 in their last 9 overall.
Expert Analysis and Prediction
Washington has won a commanding 23 of the last 31 meetings against Houston. The Nats are 6-2 in their last eight home games, but just 3-10 in their last 13 interleague home games. Houston is 11-23 in its last 34 road games, but just 2-6 in their last 8 interleague games as an underdog. The Over is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings.
I’m going with Washington to get the win on Wednesday as Stephen Strasburg comes up with a fine performance to out-duel Jake Odorizzi. Washington should be highly motivated to get the win after failing to pick up a victory in their last two games. Most everyone hates Houston for their now, infamous cheating scandal and I believe the Astros’ opponents are going to put a little bit of extra motivation into each game. Kyle Schwarber looks stupendous right now and Washington has been the far better team this spring. I’m going with Washington and the Under MLB betting faithful.
Pick: Washington 4 Houston 3