Houston Astros vs Washington Nationals Prediction MLB Picks 4/21/24

Washington Nationals (8-11) vs Houston Astros (7-14)

Game Info: Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 1:35 pm (Nationals Park)

Mitchell Parker (1-0) (3.60) vs Cristian Javier (2-0) (1.54)

Betting Odds: Washington Nationals +179 / Houston Astros -213 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article we will formulate an Astros vs Nationals prediction for this MLB game on Sunday, April 21st at Nationals Park. To formulate this prediction, we will examine:

-The Astros recent form and recent player performance 

-The Nationals recent form and recent play performance

-Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Houston

-Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Washington

-Recent betting trends in games played between Houston and Washington.

-A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for today’s Game between the Astros and Nationals. 

Astros Continue to Struggle

The Astros have struggled all season and they are coming off another loss on Saturday. They went to extra innings where they were defeated 5-4. The Astros are averaging 4.38 runs while their pitching is giving up 5.38 runs per game. Yordan Alvarez has hit five home runs and driven in 13 RBIs. Getting the start for the Astros will be Cristian Javier, who sits with a 2-0 record and an ERA of 1.54. In his last start against the Rangers, he went seven innings giving up five hits, two runs and two earned runs. 

Nationals Complete Comeback 

The Nationals scored two runs in the bottom of the 9th to even secure the tie and then another run was scored in the 10th to secure the win. The Nationals are averaging 3.63 runs, while their pitching is giving up 4.47 runs per game. The offense is ranked 24th in the league, while the defense is ranked 14th. Getting the start for the Nationals will be Mitchell Parker, who sits with a 1-0 record and an ERA of 3.60. Against the Dodgers, he went five innings giving up four hits and two runs. 

Washington Nationals Player Prop Facts

  • CJ Abrams has hit a home run in each of the Nationals' last two day games.
  • Joey Meneses has recorded at least one RBI in each of his last four appearances in day games.
  • CJ Abrams has recorded at least one Double in each of the Nationals' last four day games against AL opponents that held a losing record.
  • Keibert Ruiz has recorded at least one total base in each of his 11 previous appearances against AL West opponents that held a losing record.
  • Keibert Ruiz has recorded at least one hit in each of his 11 previous appearances against AL West opponents that held a losing record.
  • Keibert Ruiz has scored at least one run in each of his last four appearances against AL West opponents.
  • Keibert Ruiz has recorded at least one Single in each of his last eight Sunday appearances at Nationals Park.
  • CJ Abrams ranks 1st amongst qualified players for Slugging Percentage (.700) this season.

Houston Astros Player Prop Facts

  • Yordan Alvarez has hit a home run in two of the Astros' last three day games against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Yordan Alvarez has recorded at least one RBI in four of the Astros' last five day games against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Kyle Tucker has recorded two or more total bases in each of his last six appearances against the Nationals.
  • Cristian Javier has recorded eight or more strikeouts in three of his last four road appearances against NL East opponents.
  • Jose Altuve has scored at least one run in each of the Astros' last eight Sunday day games.
  • Kyle Tucker has recorded at least one hit in each of his last eight road appearances against NL opponents that held a losing record.
  • Jeremy Pena has recorded at least one Single in each of the Astros' last 10 games as favorites.
  • Cristian Javier has recorded a win in each of his last three appearances in day games.
  • Jose Altuve ranks 3rd amongst qualified players for Batting Average (.367) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Washington Nationals rank 2nd in the league for steals this season (35).
  • The Washington Nationals rank 29th in the league for opponent batting average this season (.275).
  • The Houston Astros rank 1st in the league for hits this season (210).
  • The Houston Astros rank 1st in the league for strikeouts against this season (145).

Astros vs Nationals Betting Prediction

The Astros haven’t found a ton of success this season, but one of the real bright spots is with Cristian Javier. Coming into this game, Javier sits with an ERA of 1.54, and he’s going to lockdown in this game. The Nationals bats overall are averaging 3.63 runs per game, and they are going to really struggle to get the offense going here. The Astros will score enough to win this game on the run line. 

Shane’s Pick Astros -1.5

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